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Sinopsis
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was a prolific writer and historian of the early twentieth century. He wrote the introductory article for &ldquo;The Footpath Way: An Anthology for Walkers,&rdquo; published in 1911, which contains a variety of articles from prominent literati on the topic of walkers and the pleasures of traveling by foot so as to better enjoy the scenery and the peoples encountered along the way. Contributors include: George Borrow, John Brown, John Burroughs, Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens, William Hazlitt, Sir Walter Scott, Sydney Smith, Leslie Stephen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry David Thoreau, Izaak Walton, Walt Whitman, and William Wordsworth.<br />&nbsp;
Acerca de Charles Dickens

Los marginados, los suburbios de Londres y las duras experiencias durante su propia infancia son los temas de la obra de Charles Dickens (1812-1870), el escritor inglés más universal. De formación principalmente autodidacta, ejerció de periodista y conferenciante y fundó el Daily News. Las aventuras de Oliver Twist o David Copperfield, publicadas por entregas, denuncian las crudas condiciones de vida de los más humildes.

Acerca de Henry David Thoreau

El escritor y activista estadounidense Henry David Thoreau (1817/1862) publicó veinte volúmenes de textos en diversos géneros, pero hoy se le recuerda principalmente por ese canto a la vida en la naturaleza que fue Walden, basado en su propia experiencia viviendo a solas en un bosque, y por el alegato contra el gobierno injusto que se conoce como Desobediencia civil. Su influencia sobre el movimiento ambiental y la filosofía política moderna mantiene su voz viva ante los desafíos que enfrentan, en una u otra medida, todas las sociedades del siglo XXI.

Acerca de Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) es, sin lugar a dudas, el poeta más influyente de las letras estadounidenses. Nació en West Hills, Long Island, siendo el segundo de nueve hijos en una familia cercana al credo cuáquero. A los once años finalizó sus estudios formales y empezó a trabajar como aprendiz en el semanario The Patriot, donde comenzaría a escribir sus primeros textos. Tras su paso por otros periódicos y revistas, en 1850 decidió dedicarse plenamente a la poesía. Cinco años más tarde vería la luz la primera edición de la celebérrima Hojas de hierba, integrada por doce poemas y cuyos 795 ejemplares fueron costeados por el mismo autor. El poemario despertó gran interés y fue ampliamente distribuido, en parte por la fascinación que despertó en el filósofo Ralph Waldo Emerson. Durante la Guerra de Secesión, Whitman ejerció voluntariamente como enfermero en Washington D.C., experiencia que recogería en El gran ejército de la enfermedad (1863) y Memorias de la guerra (1875). Finalizado el conflicto en 1965, publicó Redobles de tambor. Mientras se empleaba en la Oficina del Fiscal General, Whitman siguió alzando la pluma para escribir versos como los de ¡Oh, Capitán! ¡Mi Capitán!, que, junto a otros, irían completando las sucesivas ediciones de Hojas de hierba hasta la novena y definitiva, que constó de un total de más de cuatrocientos poemas.

Acerca de Thomas de Quincey

Thomas De Quincey was born on 15 August 1789 in Manchester, the son of an affluent cloth merchant. He ran away from the Manchester Grammar school aged 17 and travelled in poverty in Wales and London before being reconciled with his family. He then attended Oxford University, where he first began to take opium. Despite excelling at his studies, De Quincey left university without completing his degree and married Margaret Simpson, the daughter of a local farmer. Having exhausted his inheritance, partly due to his addiction to opium, De Quincey found work as a journalist and wrote prolifically on various subjects for numerous publications. Confessions of a English Opium-Eater was published in the London Magazine in 1821 and found instant success. He went on to write several novels and biographies, and his unusual autobiographical style made his work extremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic. When De Quincey's wife Margaret died in 1837, his opium addiction worsened and he moved away from London to Scotland to relieve his straitened finances. He died in Edinburgh on 8 December 1859

Acerca de William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) nació en Cockermouth, al norte de Inglaterra, en la región de los lagos, que constituye el paisaje fundamental de su poesía. Tras un viaje de estudios por la Europa convulsa de la revolución francesa, en 1790, se graduó en Cambridge. En 1798 publicó, conjuntamente con Coleridge, las Baladas líricas. En 1843 fue nombrado poeta laureado. Al morir, dejó inconcluso su gran poema, El Preludio.

Acerca de Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (Edimburgo, Gran Bretaña, 1850 – Vailima, Samoa, 1894), hijo de un dominante constructor de faros, tuvo desde niño varias crisis pulmonares que le llevaron a una constante y nostálgica peregrinación en busca de climas más cálidos, hasta que en 1888 embarca hacia los mares del Sur y se establece en Samoa con su mujer, cumpliendo así el sueño de su corta vida. Sus estudios de náutica, que más tarde abandonaría por los de derecho, le permitieron entrar en contacto con las gentes y costumbres marineras, ingredientes fundamentales en algunas de sus obras más conocidas, como La isla del tesoro, La flecha negra o El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde.

Acerca de John Brown

John Brown has over 35 years' experience in the media and local government public relations. He was Head of PR & marketing for Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow City Council from 1996-2004.

Acerca de George Borrow

George Borrow (1803-1881) led the life of a nomad, traveling through Europe as an agent for the Bible Society. The Norfolk-born writer traveled extensively through Russia and Spain from 1835 to 1839. The result was The Bible in Spain, which has become classic nineteenth-century travel literature. His love for gypsies and their language led to the autobiographical travel works Lavengro and Romany Rye. At thirty-seven years old he married an older widow and lived with her in Norfolk until his death.

Acerca de Leslie Stephen

Leslie Stephen (Londres, 1832-1904), padre de la famosa escritora Virginia Woolf, fue una de las más eminentes figuras de la Inglaterra victoriana. Entre sus muchos trabajos sobre pensamiento político y literatura, destacan especialmente History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (1876), The Science of Ethics (1882) y su contribución al monumental Dictionary of Na­tional Biography (1885-1891). Además, fue editor del Alpine Journal, cofundó el Alpine Club y fue uno de los primeros en coronar, durante la edad de oro del alpinismo, todas las altas cumbres de los Alpes.

Acerca de Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc began his academic career with a lecture tour of the United States in 1892. He became a member of the Fabian Society in the early 1900s and met George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells, who helped him obtain work with newspapers such as the Daily News and The Speaker. Eventually he became literary editor of the Morning Post. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1906. He also wrote several novels, such as Mr. Clutterbuck's Election and A Change in the Cabinet, along with historical works such as The French Revolution and the History of England. Belloc also published a series of historical biographies: Oliver Cromwell, James II, Richelieu, Wolsey, Napoleon, and Charles II.

Acerca de John Burroughs

JOHN BURROUGHS, USAF, Ret., served twenty-seven years in active and reserve duty in the US Air Force. He is the co-author of Encounter in Rendlesham Forest. He is currently a lecturer and presenter on the Rendlesham Forest Incident and other related events.

Acerca de William Hazlitt

Escritor inglés célebre por sus ensayos humanísticos y por sus críticas literarias. Se le ha considerado como el crítico literario inglés más importante tras Samuel Johnson. De hecho, los textos de Hazlitt y sus reflexiones sobre las obras y los personajes de Shakespeare solo han sido igualados por los de Johnson en cuanto a profundidad, penetración, originalidad e imaginación.

Acerca de Izaak Walton

Izaak Walton, one of the earliest English biographers who is best remembered as the author of The Compleat Angler, was born in the parish of St. Mary's, at Stafford, on August 9, 1593. His father, Gervase Walton, was an innkeeper who died when the boy was five. By the time Walton was twenty he was living in London, apprenticed to his brother-in-law, a prosperous clothier. His marriage to Rachel Floud, a relative of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, in 1626 allied him with a prominent clerical family, and as a parishioner at St. Dunstan's Church Walton became a close friend of its vicar, John Donne. Among Walton's earliest surviving literary efforts is an elegy written in 1633 for the initial collection of Donne's poems. The poet-clergyman was the subject of the first of Walton's great biographical essays: Life of Donne served as the preface to the 1640 edition of the minister's sermons and was filled with anecdotes and personal impressions. Over the years Walton's loyalty to the Church of England, coupled with his genius for friendship, inspired him to write biographies of four other eminent theologians: Sir Henry Wotton (1651), Richard Hooker (1665), George Herbert (1670), and Dr. Robert Sanderson (1678). Each is distinguished by the intimacy and vivacity characteristic of the Life of Donne. It is little wonder that Samuel Johnson rated Walton's five Lives among 'his most favourite books.'Walton's reputation as a biographer is overshadowed by the enduring popularity of The Compleat Angler. First published in 1653, during the Civil War that forced Walton and other royalists to flee London, the work is more than an engaging discourse on the art of fishing. It reflects a thoughtful, sensitive Englishman's abiding concern with leading a contemplative life. Indeed, many have read Walton's unique celebration of angling throughout the English countryside as a veiled satire against Cromwell and the Puritans. Four revised editions appeared in the author's lifetime, and The Compleat Angler has enjoyed a wide following ever since. Samuel Johnson praised the book in the eighteenth century as did the Scottish philosopher Lord Home. Later, Charles Lamb recommended >The Compleat Angler to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 'It breathes the very spirit of innocence, purity, and simplicity of heart,' he noted. 'It would sweeten a man's temper at any time to read it; it would Christianise every angry, discordant passion; pray make yourself acquainted with it.'Walton remained active well into old age. The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 returned many of his friends in the Anglican clergy to positions of influence, and they were quick to reciprocate the acts of goodwill he had displayed during Cromwell's reign. Following the death of his second wife in 1662, Walton was employed as steward to the bishop of Worcester. At the bishop's residence of Farnham Castle in Wincester Walton continued to write and revise his published works. In 1676 Walton asked a young follower, the poet Charles Cotton, to furnish a supplement on fly-fishing for the fifth edition of The Compleat Angler, and the two pursued the project at a cottage on the banks of the Dove River in Derbyshire. On August 9, 1683, the inveterate angler marked his ninetieth birthday by drafting a will and securing it with a seal given him by John Donne. Izaak Walton died three months later on December 15, 1683 and was buried at Winchester Cathedral.

Acerca de Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is a NSCAD University graduate living in Halifax. Well-known for his artwork for local musicians, he illustrated The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, Mabel Murple (2010), and There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen (2011). His cover art for Migration Songs won Saltyink.com's "Judge a Book By Its Cover" competition.

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