Quotation by Paul Fussell

A guide book is addressed to those who plan to follow the traveler, doing what he has done, but more selectively. A travel book, in its purest, is addressed to those who do not plan to follow the traveler at all, but who require the exotic or comic anomalies, wonders and scandals of the literary form romance which their own place or time cannot entirely supply.
Paul Fussell (b. 1924), U.S. historian, critic, educator. "Travel Books as Literary Phenomena," Abroad: British Literacy Travelling Between the Wars, Oxford University Press (1980).
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