Supplied by Abertay Historical Society.
By D C Thomson's Female Journalists in 1894.
Edited and introduced by Susan Keracher.
Dundee's Two Intrepid Ladies contains a selection of the writings produced by two pioneering Dundee journalists, Marie Imandt and Bessie Maxwell, whilst on an epic tour of the globe, a project conceived by their employer David Couper Thomson.
Their assignment lasted almost a year, during which time they visited 10 countries and travelled over 26,000 miles. Their lively, illustrated reports give a fascinating insight into 19th-century travel and the role and status of women throughout the world.
This book features a selection of highlights from these ground-breaking and highly entertaining accounts, presenting an appealing mix of travel writing, social history and gender politics.
For this new book a large and varied collection of their writings has been selected and edited by Susan Keracher, Curator of Art at The McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum.
During the museum's redevelopment she curated its Dundee and the World Gallery which features the popular 'Two Intrepid Ladies' display. It is this exhibition which provided the inspiration for the book.
Susan has also written a comprehensive introduction and epilogue to the book and has enhanced the original articles' detailed footnotes and explanatory text, helping to place the original texts within their social and historical context.