1st Edition

Women's Travel Writings in Scotland
'Letters from the Mountains' by Anne Grant and 'Letters from the North Highlands' by Elizabeth Isabella Spence

ISBN 9781848931473
Published July 12, 2016 by Routledge
722 Pages

USD $650.00

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Book Description

This collection includes the first critical editions of both Anne Grant’s Letters from the Mountains (1806), one of the Romantic era’s most successful non-fictional accounts of the Scottish Highlands, and Elizabeth Isabella Spence’s Letters from the North Highlands (1816), a work that, while influenced by Grant’s Letters, attempted to move the genre of the Scottish travelogue in new directions. Read together, these volumes offer complementary views of Scottish Highland life at a time of major historical transition: Grant was offering outsiders her perspective as a long-time resident of the region, while Spence was, unapologetically, writing as a tourist. The Highlands were central to Romantic-era debates on subjects ranging from landscape and aesthetics to national identities, and, as this collection demonstrates, women were making significant contributions to those debates.

The four volume set, edited by Kirsteen McCue and Pam Perkins, is accompanied by new editorial material including a new general introduction and headnotes to each work.

Table of Contents

Volume I


General Introduction


List of Anne Grant’s Correspondents and Close Friends

Headnote on Letters from the Mountains

Note on the Text

Letters from the Mountains, Volume I

List of Textual Variants

Volume II

Letters from the Mountains, Volume II

List of Textual Variants

Volume III

Letters from the Mountains, Volume III

List of Textual Variants

Appendix: Letters cut in the second edition

Volume IV


Note on the Text

Letters from the North Highlands

Silent Corrections

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Kirsteen McCue (Edited by) ,  Pamela Perkins (Edited by)