University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: November 2015
Features: 69 B&W images, bibliography, notes, index
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: Travel Literature/Memoir
Subject(s): TRAVEL / Europe / General, TRAVEL / Special Interest / Bicycling, SPORTS & RECREATION / Cycling, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / General, Literature, Travel, Sport Studies, Travel Literature/Memoir
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855–1936) and Joseph Pennell (1857–1926), a married couple from Philadelphia, collaborated on numerous books as writer and illustrator. Dave Buchanan teaches in the English Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton. His current research explores the first generation of cycle-travel literature from the 1880s and 1890s. He blogs about the semi-serious cycling life at dustymusette.blogspot.ca.

"In the airy, self deprecating style of Robert Louis Stevenson, an American couple captured the imaginations of UK and US readers through the five illustrated cycle-travel books they created beginning in the 1880s. Yes, bikes existed back then—they were all the rage, in fact—and Elizabeth and Joseph Pennell succeeded in bringing the leisure touring idea to the forefront through their jaunts aboard a tandem tricycle outfitted with luggage racks.... Cycling historian Dave Buchanan contributes an enlightening introduction which grounds the couple in the literary/art world of the late nineteenth century and gives a gearhead sense of bicycling history. But Elizabeth’s delightful prose steals the show..."

Foreword Magazine


"Cycling historian Dave Buchanan contributes an enlightening introduction which grounds the couple in the literary/art world of the late nineteenth century and gives a geared sense of bicycling history."

Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews


"[T]he books and articles penned by the Pennells rise to the level of literature. Elizabeth did most of the writing, while Joseph, a lithographer, contributed detailed illustrations of their wanderings."

Duncan Jamieson, AETHLON: The Journal of Sport Literature

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