In Morocco (Stanfords Travel Classics) (Paperback) by Wharton Edith
Edith Wharton journeyed to Morocco in the final days of the First World War at a time when there was no guidebook to the country. In Morocco is the classic account of her expedition. A seemingly unlikely chronicler Wharton more usually associated with American high society explored the country for a month by military vehicle. Travelling from Rabat and Fez to Moulay Idriss and Marrakech she recorded her encounters with Morocco's peoples traditions and ceremonies capturing a country at a moment of transition from an almost unknown roadless empire to a popular tourist destination. Her descriptions of the places she visited - mosques palaces ruins markets and harems - are typically observant and brim with colour and spirit whilst her sketches of the country's history and art are rigorous but accessible. This is a wonderful account by one of the most celebrated novelists and travel writers of the twentieth century and a fascinating portrayal of an extraordinary country. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic. Every title has been reset in a contemporary typeface to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep.