Guides to Romance

Many famous Romantic-era writers wrote guidebooks. Poet William Wordsworth’s Guide through the District of the Lakes in the North of England was published in 1810, and helped to popularize the Lakes District as a travel destination (although Wordsworth later railed against the extension of the railway to his home region). German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Italian Journey appeared in 1816, based on trips he took between 1786 and 1788. And French writer François-René de Chateaubriand wrote accounts of his sojourns in Greece, the Middle East and Italy throughout the early 19th century.

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