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Mountaineering and British Romanticism: The Literary Cultures of Climbing, 1770-1836

Simon Bainbridge


This book examines the relationship between Romantic-period writing and the activity that Samuel Taylor Coleridge christened ‘mountaineering’ in 1802. It argues that mountaineering developed as a pursuit in Britain during the Romantic era, earlier than is generally recognized, and shows how writers including William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ann Radcliffe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, and Walter Scott were central to the activity’s evolution. It explores how the desire for physical ascent shaped Romantic-period literary culture, and investigates how the figure of the mountaineer became c ... More

Keywords: mountaineering, mountaineer, Romanticism, climbing, William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Walter Scott

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Bainbridge, author
Professor of Romantic Studies, University of Lancaster