Robert Byron

Robert Byron


Born
in The United Kingdom
January 01, 1905

Died
February 24, 1941

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Robert Byron (1905 - 24 February 1941) was a British travel writer, best known for his travelogue The Road to Oxiana. He was also a noted writer, art critic and historian.

Byron was born in 1905, and educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford. He died in 1941, during the Second World War, when the ship on which he was travelling was torpedoed by a U-Boat off Cape Wrath, Scotland, en route to Egypt.

Byron's The Road to Oxiana is considered by many modern travel writers to be the first example of great travel writing. It is an account of Byron's ten-month journey to Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-34 in the company of Christopher Sykes. Byron had previously travelled to widely different places; Mount Athos, India, the Soviet Union, Tibet. Howev
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The Road to Oxiana

3.91 avg rating — 2,284 ratings — published 1937 — 5 editions
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Europe in the Looking Glass

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The Station: Athos: Treasur...

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First Russia, Then Tibet

4.03 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1933 — 5 editions
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The Road to Oxiana / The St...

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The Byzantine Achievement: ...

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Letters Home

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The Travelogues of Robert B...

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New Delhi: new annotated ed...

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Europa 1925 (Die Andere Bib...

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“Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can't. Diplomacy won't. It has to be people like us.”
Robert Byron, The Road to Oxiana

“The murderers are supposed to have been Jewish revisionists, an extreme party that want to be rid of the English and set up a Jewish state. I don't know how long they think the Arabs would suffer a single Jew to exist once the English went."

Jerusalem, Palestine, 7 September 1933”
Robert Byron, The Road to Oxiana

“I wish I were rich enough to endow a prize for the sensible traveler: £10,000 for the first man to over Marco Polo’s outward route, reading three fresh books a week, and another £10,000 if he a drinks a bottle of wine a day as well. That man might tell one something about the journey. He might or might not be naturally observant. But at least he would use what eyes he had, and would not think it necessary to dress up the result in thrills that never happened and science no deeper than its own jargon.”
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