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Old Castle
01 August 2018
Literary studies: general; Social & cultural history; History of Western philosophy; Travel & holiday; Classic travel writing
The South has long since cast its spell on our collective imagination. Writers and artists, from Goethe and Poe, to Gauguin, Lawrence and Kerouac, were captivated by it. Landscapes of ice and snow, sand and sea, have lured explorers southwards for centuries, often with fatal consequences. South explores the idea of the South, following in the footsteps of Cook, Scott, John Muir and others as they recount their journeys.

Moving between geography and mythology, literature and history, this is the first book to look at all things Southern in one volume. It examines the South as a symbol of freedom and escape, the South as the location of Northern visions of Utopia, and the South as the imagined site of decadence, poverty and backwardness. From Tahiti to the streets of Peckham, from Naples to New Orleans, Merlin Coverley's brilliant and wide-ranging study throws light on how and why the idea of the South, in all its forms, has come to exert such a powerful hold on our imaginations.
By:   Merlin Coverley
Imprint:   Old Castle
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Second Edition, Second ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
ISBN:   9780857301390
ISBN 10:   085730139X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Merlin Coverley is a writer and bookseller. He is the author of two Pocket Essential guides--Utopia and London Writing--as well as The Art of Wandering and Occult London.

Reviews for South

Moving between geography and mythology, literature and history, this is the first book to look at all things southern in one volume. --Nick Rennison South takes in an impressive array of artists, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Jorge Luis Borges, while Coverley comes up with some astute readings of great literature, and has a perceptive eye for how tourism has shaped our understanding of place. --Herald

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