Literary Trails: Haworth and the Brontes.
Literary Trails: Haworth and the Brontes
David F. Walford, author
Catherine Rayner, author
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (distribution)
9781526720856, $29.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Set in and around the town of Haworth it gives a dual introduction to tourists, visitors, and lovers of the literature generated by the Brontes when they are exploring this unique area of Yorkshire and walk in the footsteps of those who knew and loved this town and its moorlands two hundred years ago.
With guided tours around special buildings as well as outdoor walks and the history of people and places who lived and worked in Haworth over centuries, it offers an insight into life and death in the melee of the Industrial Revolution.
Its joint authors, Walford and Rayner, have combined their lifelong interests in Victorian literature and social history with writing, walking, photography and cartography and have included quotes from the Brontes' poetry and novels.
Critique: The collaborative work of David F. Walford and Catherine Rayner, "Haworth and the Brontes" is a deftly written, impressively informative, lighthearted but deeply researched study that will be of particular interest and informative guidance to on-site tourists, social historians and those who would enjoy learning about of the Bronte family, their lives and works. An extraordinary and original study that is especially recommended for personal, community, college, and academic library Literary Studies, Travel, and British History collections in general, and Bronte supplemental curriculum studies in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of on-site travelers, studies, and academia that "Literary Trails: Haworth and the Brontes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.37).