New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908.
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages)
A Motor Flight Through France, Edith Wharton?s pre-War World I travel book, follows Edith and her husband Teddy as they jaunt through France in a Panhard-Levassor touring car which Teddy had had closed in and decked out with every possible convenience, including an electric light. Wharton describes the exhilarating freedom made possible by motor travel in a time and place when automobiles were still quite a novelty. In Part I, the Whartons pick up their car in Boulogne in May 1906 and travel to Bourges. Parts II and III are records of two motor tours on which the Whartons were accompanied by writer Henry James. Part II is from Paris to Provence and includes a visit to George Sand?s home at Nohant. Beginning and ending in Paris, Part III is a tour during Whitsuntide weekend of 1907 of the northeast section of France. Here the reader gets a glimpse at the pre-World War?I French countryside. This is the area of Marne which Wharton would later describe in Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort and in her novel The Marne.