Across an Inland Sea
Writing in Place from Buffalo to Berlin
By (author) Nicholas Howe
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Across an Inland Sea by Nicholas Howe
Book DescriptionHow do the places we live in and visit shape our lives and memories? What does it mean to reside in different locations across the span of a life? In richly textured portraits of places seen from within, Nicholas Howe contemplates how places create and gather their stories and how, in turn, a sense of place locates the stories of our own lives. Howe begins with one of the finest descriptions ever written of Buffalo, that city on an inland sea where he grew up. He gives us a fresh Paris, viewed from the river below. And he depicts Oklahoma as a site of open lands and dislocation--a place of coming and going. Howe then turns to Chartres, a traditional location of pilgrimage, to ask what other sites might still be capable of compelling visitors in secular time. He portrays Berlin as a scene of twentieth-century history--and a city that helped him make sense of his American life. Finally, he writes about Columbus, Ohio, as home. Vividly rendering the places he has known, Howe meditates on the weight of home, the temptations of the metropolis, the fact of dislocation, the unraveling of history, the desire to remake ourselves through voyage, and the wonder of the familiar. In ways that too often elude travel writers, it is place that holds our imagination, that inspires much of our art and literature. Across an Inland Sea evokes the various senses of place that can fill and haunt a life--and ultimately give life its form and meaning.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691113654
(203mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicholas Howe
Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England, Hardback (January 2008)
Explores how the English, in the centuries before the Norman Conquest, located themselves both literally and imaginatively in the world. This book focuses on Anglo-Saxon representations of place as revealed in a wide variety of texts in Latin and in Old English as well as in diagrams of holy sites.
Beowulf, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by Nicholas Howe
The text of this edition of Beowulf is based on the highly regarded Donaldson prose translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem.
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Author Biography - Nicholas Howe
Nicholas Howe is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. His writings on place and travel have appeared widely in such periodicals as "Southwest Review, Yale Review, Dissent," and "The New Republic". In addition to publishing various works on medieval literature, he has edited Iriving Howe's "A Critic's Notebook."
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