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England   By: (1829-1900)

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England by Charles Dudley Warner is a captivating and insightful travelogue that takes readers on a journey through the diverse landscapes and vibrant culture of England. Warner, an esteemed American author, provides an in-depth exploration of the multifaceted aspects of England, making this book an essential read for anyone interested in British history, literature, or travel.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is Warner's unique perspective as an American observing England. His observations and commentary on English society, customs, and traditions are both fascinating and enlightening. Warner's writing style is elegant and witty, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the vivid descriptions of the English countryside, bustling cities, and charming villages.

The book is divided into several sections, each focusing on different regions of England, such as London, the Lake District, and the historical cities of Oxford and Cambridge. Warner's meticulous attention to detail and his ability to bring these places to life through his words make the reader feel as though they are experiencing the sights, sounds, and even the smells of England firsthand.

What sets England apart from other travelogues is Warner's insightful analysis of the English people and their national character. He delves into the various social classes, discussing their strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies. Warner's genuine curiosity and admiration for the English are evident throughout the book, making it an engaging and delightful read.

Furthermore, Warner's extensive knowledge of British literature shines through in England, as he explores the connections between the landscape and the works of famous English authors such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen. This literary focus provides a unique lens through which readers can better understand the country's cultural heritage.

The only downside to England is that at times it can be slightly dated, as Warner's observations were made in the late 19th century. However, this does not diminish the book's overall value, as the core essence of England and its people remains largely unchanged.

In conclusion, England by Charles Dudley Warner is a masterfully written travelogue that successfully encapsulates the essence of England. With its vivid descriptions, sharp insights, and distinctive perspective, this book offers a captivating journey through the rich history and cultural tapestry of England. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or an armchair explorer, Warner's England is an absolute must-read.

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By Charles Dudley Warner

England has played a part in modern history altogether out of proportion to its size. The whole of Great Britain, including Ireland, has only eleven thousand more square miles than Italy; and England and Wales alone are not half so large as Italy. England alone is about the size of North Carolina. It is, as Franklin, in 1763, wrote to Mary Stevenson in London, "that petty island which, compared to America, is but a stepping stone in a brook, scarce enough of it above water to keep one's shoes dry."

A considerable portion of it is under water, or water soaked a good part of the year, and I suppose it has more acres for breeding frogs than any other northern land, except Holland. Old Harrison says that the North Britons when overcome by hunger used to creep into the marshes till the water was up to their chins and there remain a long time, "onlie to qualifie the heats of their stomachs by violence, which otherwise would have wrought and beene readie to oppresse them for hunger and want of sustinance." It lies so far north the latitude of Labrador that the winters are long and the climate inhospitable. It would be severely cold if the Gulf Stream did not make it always damp and curtain it with clouds. In some parts the soil is heavy with water, in others it is only a thin stratum above the chalk; in fact, agricultural production could scarcely be said to exist there until fortunes made in India and in other foreign adventure enabled the owners of the land to pile it knee deep with fertilizers from Peru and elsewhere... Continue reading book >>

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