Wordsworth's role in the invention of tourism

Prof Saeko Yoshikawa, of the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan, is an expert on Wordsworth and tourism in the English Lake District. The work originates from a visit by the author to Rydal Mount where she was shown a Victorian album of pencil sketches. In trying to identify the artist of the sketches, many showing scenes associated with the poet, Prof Yoshikawa researched how Wordsworth had been received by some of his early readers and what poems were popular amongst tourist-readers. The result is William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism 1820-1900 (Ashgate Press), a study of the opening of the English Lake District to mass tourism, examining Wordsworth's role in the rise and development of the region as a popular destination. 'His poems explicitly encouraged visits to the district' says Prof Yoshikawa. Welcoming the author at a reception to mark the launch of the book, curator Peter Elkington said: 'Wordsworth actively encouraged tourists when he lived here. He was known to stand and chat with them at the gate, and - if he liked them well enough - would invite them to come and look around.'

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Thursday 27th of August 2015

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