New Publication – Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 26, 2015 in News tagged with

Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland, edited by Penny Bradshaw (Bookcase: Carlisle, 2014).

In 1794 the Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe, set out on a tour of the Lake District and the following year she published an account of her experience as Observations during a Tour to the Lakes. This account of the Lakes is shaped by Radcliffe’s distinctive literary style and imaginative perspectives as well as by the turbulent political climate of these years, and represents an important stepping-stone in the journey from picturesque tourism to Wordsworth’s development of a poetics of place from 1799 onwards.

This edition, published to mark the 250th anniversary of Radcliffe’s birth, includes suggestions for further reading, editorial notes on the text, and an introductory essay. The latter provides background on Radcliffe’s life and work, and considers the ways in which Observations contributes to developing ideas about the cultural significance of the Lake District during a period in which that region was still in the process of imaginative discovery.

Dr Penny Bradshaw is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cumbria.

The book is available from Bookcase at £12 plus P&P (info@bookscumbria.com). Click here.

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