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Travels in England in 1782 (Dodo Press)

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Carl/Karl/Charles Philipp Moritz (1757-1793) was a German author, editor and essayist of the Sturm und Drang, late enlightenment, and classicist periods, influencing early German Romanticism as well. He led a colourful life as a hatter's apprentice, teacher, journalist, literary critic, professor of art and linguistics, and member of both of Berlin's academies. In 1789, he ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 13th 2009 by Dodo Press (first published January 28th 2004)
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Young Herr Moritz was a German clergyman, who visited England and wrote letters home about What I Did On My Holidays, these being collected and translated in this volume. It's interesting to see the differences he points out between England and Germany - while he's in London, England seems generally to be superior. But then he goes travelling. On foot. In an era where the only people who travel more than a mile or two on foot are at best vagrants and at worst criminals.

He gets q
Charles P. Moritz is a good man in a bad England.

We join him as he endeavours to travel around the south-east and midlands not by coach, but by foot, an enthusiasm which the coach-riding English public do not share. He is accosted by passers-by and thrown out of inns, all of which he recounts in wide-eyed wonder.

I don't think Pastor Moritz enjoyed his Travels in England, but you will. He had a word for it: schadenfreude.
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