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The Attention of a Traveller, The Attention of a Traveller, 0817321292, 0-8173-2129-2, 978-0-8173-2129-1, 9780817321291, , , The Attention of a Traveller, 0817394079, 0-8173-9407-9, 978-0-8173-9407-3, 9780817394073,

The Attention of a Traveller
Essays on William Bartram's "Travels" and Legacy

Trade Cloth
2022. 400 pp.
9 Color Figures / 21 B&W Figures / 5 Maps
Price:  $54.95 s
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400 pp.
9 Color Images / 21 B&W Images / 5 Maps
Price:  $54.95 d

New essays that illuminate and interpret William Bartram’s journey through what would become the southeastern United States
William Bartram, author of Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulees, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws, was colonial America’s first native born naturalist and artist, and the first author in the modern genre of writers who portrayed nature through personal experience as well as scientific observation. His book, first published in 1791, was based on his journeys through southern Indian nations and Britain’s southern colonies in the years just prior to the American Revolution and provides descriptions of the natural and cultural environments of what would soon become the American South. Scholars and general readers alike have long appreciated Bartram’s lush, vivid prose, his clarity of observation and evident wonder at the landscapes he traversed, and his engagement with the native nations whose lands he traveled through.
The Attention of a Traveller: Essays on William Bartram’s “Travels” and Legacy offers an interdisciplinary assessment of Bartram’s influence and evolving legacy, opening new avenues of research concerning the flora, fauna, and people connected to Bartram and his writings. Featuring 13 essays divided into five sections, contributors to the volume weave together scholarly perspectives from geology, art history, literary criticism, geography, and philosophy, alongside the more traditional Bartram-affiliated disciplines of biology and history. The collection concludes with a comprehensive treatment of the book as a material historical artifact.
Kathryn H. Braund is Hollifield Professor of Southern History Emerita at Auburn University. She is author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685–1815 and coeditor of William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians and Fields of Vision: Essays on the “Travels” of William Bartram; editor of Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812; and coauthor of The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide.
“Like its predecessor, Fields of Vision: Essays on the “Travels” of William Bartram, this collection distills the essence of a biennial meeting of the Bartram Trail Conference, and once again reflects the eclectic scholarly interests of that unique organization.”
—Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813–1814
“As a unique, simultaneous, window into the past, present, and future of the region the famed naturalist studied, Travels continues to be relevant academically and practically as it concerns continuing efforts toward the development of a heritage tourism corridor. In truth, one might argue that aside from his rediscovery at the time of the bicentennial as a sort of connection to an overlooked Revolutionary Era heritage in the South, Bartram and his Travels have never been of more pertinence and general interest. As there remains much to discover about the man, his book, and the places he visited, despite decades of scholarship on those subjects, this collection of essays is especially timely.”
—Mike Bunn, author of Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798–1826 and Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary Era
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