by George William Curtis
George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 – August 31, 1892) was born in Rhode Island, and became a well-known writer. He was deeply moved by the Transcendentalist movement, and was a member of Brook Farm for approximately one year. He traveled across Europe and the Middle East, writing for publications like Putnam’s Magazine and Harper’s Weekly. He was extremely influential in politics, working with Abraham Lincoln and becoming a powerful national speaker for the rights of African Americans and for ending slavery. He later worked with Ulysses S. Grant to reform the political system.Curtis wrote more than a dozen books, including Lotus-Eating (1852), Trumps (1862), Washington Irving: A Sketch (1891). This work is a travelogue that tells of Curtis’ experiences while in Syria.
This new edition is dedicated to Mark Hambley, scholar and interpreter of the Middle East.