Book Announcement: Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track

Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp260, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track by John Butler.

This book comprises a number of essays on travel-narratives which are somewhat unknown to the general reader. They include writing by people who travelled from the East to the West, as well as those going the usual way. The travellers include a seventeenth-century accountant, a Persian shah, an Indian rajah and a Hawaiian king, as well as an Irish doctor, an American journalist and a Japanese poet. The book presents these travellers in an informal manner, although there are discussions about identity, “otherness” and stereotyping as they are displayed in the narratives. The book will appeal to students and academics, as well as the general reader.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

John Butler received an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and has taught at various universities in Canada, Japan, and Nigeria. He has written biographies of Richard Cromwell and Lord Herbert of Chirbury, and edited a number of seventeenth-century texts, including Sir Thomas Herbert’s Travels in Africa, Persia and Asia the Great (2012) and Sir Paul Rycaut’s Present State of the Ottoman Empire (2017). He has also co-edited (with Sue Matheson) two collections, The Fictional North (2012) and Horizons North (2013). A former Associate Professor of English and Senior Scholar at the University College of the North, Canada, Dr Butler retired in 2015.

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