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The Imprisoned Traveler

The Imprisoned Traveler

Joseph Forsyth and Napoleonic Italy

by Keith Crook
Paperback
Publication Date: 13/12/2019
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The Imprisoned Traveler is a fascinating portrait of a unique book, its context, and its elusive author. Joseph Forsyth, traveling through an Italy plundered by Napoleon, was unjustly imprisoned in 1803 by the French as an enemy alien. Out of his arduous eleven-year "detention" came his only book, Remarks on Antiquities, Arts, and Letters during an Excursion in Italy (1813). Written as an (unsuccessful) appeal for release, praised by Forsyth's contemporaries for its originality and fine taste, it is now recognized as a classic of Romantic period travel writing. Keith Crook, in this authoritative study, evokes the peculiar miseries that Forsyth endured in French prisons, reveals the significance of Forsyth's encounters with scientists, poets, scholars, and ordinary Italians, and analyzes his judgments on Italian artworks. He uncovers how Forsyth's allusiveness functions as a method of covert protest against Napoleon and reproduces the hitherto unpublished correspondence between the imprisoned Forsyth and his brother.
ISBN:
9781684481620
9781684481620
Category:
Literature: history & criticism
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
13-12-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
233.68x154.94x15.24mm
Weight:
0.4kg

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