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History of a Six Weeks' Tour

Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley

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Full titled History of a Six Weeks' Tour through a part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland; with Letters Descriptive of a Sail Round the Lake of Geneva and of the Glaciers of Chamouni, this small journal was a travel narrative kept by the English Romantic authors Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley. They describe two trips, both taken by Mary, Percy, and Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont: one across Europe in 1814, and one to Lake Geneva in 1816. Divided into three sections, the text consists of a journal, four letters, and Percy Shelley's poem "Mont Blanc". Apart from the poem, the text was primarily written and organized by Mary Shelley.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .St. Aubin, a lovely village embosomed in trees; but on a nearer view we found the cottages roofless, the rafters black, and the walls dilapidated;—a few inhabitants remained. We asked for milk—they had none to give; all their cows had been taken by the Cossacs. We had still some leagues to travel that night, but we found that they were not post leagues, but the measurement of the inhabitants, and nearly double the distance. The road lay over a desart plain, and as night advanced we were often in danger of losing the track of 21wheels, which was our only guide. Night closed in, and we suddenly lost all trace of the road; but a few trees, indistinctly seen, seemed to indicate the position of a village. About ten we arrived at Trois Maisons, where, after a supper on milk and sour bread, we retired to rest on wretched beds: but sleep is seldom denied, except to the indolent, and after the day's fatigue, although my bed was nothing more than a sheet spr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what it would have been like to travel France and Switzerland just after the Napoleanic Wars ended. And what could be more amusing than reading a description of Shelley knocking down another boat passenger who was being rude?

This gets four stars

A rather fascinating travel narrative from the perspectives of Mary Shelley & her husband, Percy Shelley (with her sister Claire) from trips taken 1814 & 1816.

Part journal, part letters, & one poem, 'Mont Blanc' (Percy Shelley), the details recorded are often stunning looks at the countries through

As cartas possuem mais detalhes do que o diário em si; gostei também do anexo de linhas escritas. Foi levemente desesperador ver o tanto de desconforto e os perigos que Mary Shelley e cia. passaram.

"Nature was the poet, whose harmony held our spirits more breathless than that of the divinest."

Una giovanissima Mary, la sua sorellastra Claire e Percy Shelley percorrono in un viaggio di sei settimane parte della Francia, Germania, Svizzera e Olanda. Vista la scarsa disponibilità economica saranno

Here is a short but very beautifully written travelogue chronicling the European travels of the married Percy Shelley with his teenage mistress, Mary Godwin, who would later marry him and take his name. It was during this trip that Mary Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein, a worthy classic of

Didn't find the contents to be terribly fascinating of itself, but I was intrigued by the origin and development of this text, which was a collaborative project that grew out of a shared journal that Mary and PB Shelley both wrote in during their initial elopement journey and subsequent European tra

Brief, curious, very descriptive, beautifully written.

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