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Far-Fetched Facts: The Literature of Travel and the Idea of the South Seas

Neil Rennie

Abstract

This book is an essay in the history of the literature of travel, real and imaginary, from classical times, via the early accounts of the New World, to the accounts of the South Sea Islands that lay beyond. It follows continuities from the Odyssey to the 20th century and traces the interplay of fact and fiction in a literature with a notorious tendency to deviate from the truth. The late medieval travels of the imaginary Mandeville and the real Marco Polo are explored, and the writings of Columbus as he struggled to reconcile what ‘Mandeville’ and Polo had written with what he found in the Wes ... More

Keywords: history, literature, New World, South Sea Islands, Odyssey, Mandeville, Marco Polo, Columbus, West Indies, Montaigne

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186274.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Rennie, author
University College London

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