The Lighted Window: Evening Walks Remembered

Bodleian Library. Nov. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781851245147. $40. TRAV
Davidson’s (The Idea of North) travelogue in poetry and prose takes readers on dreamy walks to enchanting urban, suburban, and rural places in England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, New Jersey, and Japan. The book’s theme is that near or distant light that emanates from windows and doorways at twilight, dusk, or nightfall and intrigues the imagination. The text is illustrated with stunning black-and-white, duotone, and full-color reproductions of 18th- through 20th-century drawings, etchings, paintings, and photographs, including works by the likes of John Atkinson Grimshaw, Kawase Hasui, René Magritte, Isabel Codrington, and more. Davidson also excerpts prose and poetry by writers like Marcel Proust, W. H. Auden, Helen Tookey, and Virginia Woolf.
VERDICT This evocative work will appeal to lovers of nocturnal sources of light, especially in landscapes near or far.
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