OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Guide to the Lakes

ISBN : 9780198848097

Price(incl.tax): 
¥2,046
Author: 
Wordsworth, William; Yoshikawa, Saeko
Pages
328 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Oct 2022
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • It is more than 110 years since Ernest de Selincourt published his annotated edition of Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes (1906), and it is 40 years since that book was last reissued in 1977
  • An introduction explores how Wordsworth's Guide has had a far-reaching influence on the modern concept of legally-protected landscape
  • Includes revised annotation and an updated bibliography, covering the history of tourism and conservation
  • A timely and much needed contribution to re-imagining Wordsworth for the twenty-first century

    
William Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes gives a first-hand account of his feelings about the unique countryside that was the source of his inspiration. He addresses concerns that are relevant today, such as how the growing number of visitors, and the money they might bring, would affect such a small and vulnerable landscape.
      
It is now understood that Wordsworth's notion of the Lake District as 'a sort of national property, in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy', expressed in his Guide, gave a rationale for the foundation of the National Trust in 1895 and the establishment of the Lake District National Park in 1951. Furthermore, the 2017 nomination document for the Lake District as a World Heritage site quotes this phrase in recognition of Wordsworth's contribution to the idea that 'landscape has a value, and that everyone has a right to appreciate and enjoy it'. We can now see how Wordsworth's Guide has had a far-reaching influence on the modern concept of legally-protected landscape.
      
First published in 1810 and repeatedly revised by its author over the ensuing twenty-five years, William Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes has long been considered a crucial text for scholars of Romantic-era aesthetics, ecology, travel writing, and tourism.

Index: 

Map
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of William Wordsworth
   
A GUIDE THROUGH THE DISTRICT OF THE LAKES (1835)
   
Explanatory Notes
Glossary of Selected Persons and Places

About the author: 

William Wordsworth 
   
Saeko Yoshikawa
, Professor in the Department of English Studies at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Saeko Yoshikawa is professor in the Department of English Studies at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, with a particular interest in English Romanticism, William Wordsworth, and Lake District tourism. Her first book, William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism, 1820-1900 (2014), explored numerous Victorian guidebooks to the Lake District and discussed their role as a mediator in disseminating the Wordsworthian way of appreciating the natural world. She has also published several articles on Wordsworth's Guide and his poetry from the viewpoints of literary tourism, nature writing, and environmentalism.

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