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Alexander William Kinglake

(1809—1891) historian and travel writer


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(1809–91),

published anonymously in 1844 Eōthen: or traces of travel brought home from the East, an account of a journey taken some ten years earlier which is regarded as a classic of its genre; it is a lively description of his travels, giving his own reactions to, for example, the desert, the relics of the Holy Land, an encounter with Lady Hester Stanhope, and the plague in Cairo. He devoted many years to an exhaustive history of the Crimean war (1863–87) which shows his great admiration for Lord Raglan.

Subjects: Literature.


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