Sudesh Mishra was born in Suva, Fiji, and took his doctorate from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1989. He received the Harri Jones Memorial Prize (1988) for his published verse, including his first collection Rahu (1987). He has since published a second volume, Tandava (1992), a passionate indictment of the 1987 coup in Fiji. He has also edited Trapped: A Collection of Writing from Fiji (1992, with Seona Smiles) and recently made his debut as both playwright and actor with Ferringhi. Mishra is working on a new book of verse, a second play and a novel set in post-coup Fiji.
I am reprinting here, in response to requests, certain recent experiences in Great Britain and France. These were selected in the hope of conveying to American readers some idea of the atmosphere, of "what it is like" in these countries under the immediate shadow of the battle clouds. It was what I myself most wished to know.
This book is concerned with the analysis of various travel patterns in early-nineteenth-century verse. Examples are given to illustrate the main theme and its subsidiaries: the theme of wandering, in the first place, and then the topics of Time and Space, the archetypes, the travellers, the landscape, the land and sea journeys. These chapters were originally delivered between 1952 and 1961 as public lectures in the University of Athens.
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