Twentieth-Century Travel Writings

Special Collections Exhibitions
Enlarging the prospects of happiness
  Great cities of Italy
  Pompeii & Vesuvius
  Philosophy of travel
  The picturesque
  England & Scotland
  Ireland & Wales
  Women travellers
  North & South America
  Travel publishers
  Twentieth-century travel writing
  Check lists
These items provide a sense of diversity of modern travel writings, and the increasing specialisation. The tension between fact and fiction remains, while the visual is even more present, thanks to photography.

Hotel Honolulu

A novel by one of the best-known modern travel writers, Hotel Honolulu exploits the tension between fact and fiction in travel accounts. The dust jacket claims that Theroux presents 'the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted', combining the piercing gaze of an incisive traveller with the novelty of a new perspective. Few of his predecessors would have gone wrong with such a combination.
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Dunedin Poem

Not only does this pamphlet's content affirm that tourism can be local, but the poem by Thomas Bracken praises our local attractions over a selection of the European highlights.
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Sydney Opera House

Famous buildings and plazas appear throughout this exhibit, but they usually became tourist attractions only upon completion. This 1965 pamphlet celebrated what the Sydney Opera House hoped to become. Would any reader be interested today if the building had turned out to be a flop?
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The contents of this pamphlet are far less colourful or exotic than its cover. Although twentieth-century readers expect accurate information, we still like to imagine our voyages as adventures.
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Detail. Theroux, Paul.Hotel Honolulu. Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.Central : Books PS/3570/H4/H68

Detail. Theroux, Paul.
Hotel Honolulu. Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Central : Books PS/3570/H4/H68
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