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This is a collection of women's travel writings, including work by Joan Didion, Edith Wharton, Mildred Cable, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen, and others. In wry, lyrical, and sometimes wistful voices, they write of disguising themselves as men for safety, of longing for family left behind or falling in love with people met along the way, and of places as diverse as icy Himalayan passes and dusty American pioneer towns, the darkly wooded Siberian landscape and the lavender-covered hills of Provence. Yet even as their voices, experiences, and paths vary, they share with one ather and with us as readers reflections upon their gender as it is illuminated by unfamiliar surroundings. Edited and with an Introduction by Mary Morris, in collaboration with Larry O'Conr. Contributors and writings include: Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark Flora Tristan, Peregrinations of a Pariah Frances Trollope, from Domestic Manners of the Americans Eliza Farnham, from Life in Prairie Land Isabella Bird, from A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains Margaret Fountaine, from Love Among the Butterflies Gertrude Bell, from The Desert and the Sown Edith Wharton, from In Morocco Willa Cather, from Willa Cather in Europe Isak Dinesen, from Out of Africa Kate O'Brien, from Farewell Spain Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon Ella Maillart, from The Cruel Way Emily Hahn, from Times and Places M.F.K. Fisher, from Long Ago in France Joan Didion, from The White Album Christina Dodwell, from Travels with Fortune: An African Adventure Annie Dillard, from Teaching a Stone to Talk Gwendolyn MacEwen, from Noman's Land