Talk:Isabella Bird

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WikiProject Biography Summer 2007 Assessment Drive

The article may be improved by following the WikiProject Biography 11 easy steps to producing at least a B article. -- Yamara 18:36, 11 July 2007 (UTC)


Is there any information regarding the possibility that Isabella Bird embellished her adventures to make her letters home more interesting? I am beginning to think she gathered stories she heard in the areas while she visited, and added them to her letters. No harm was done, but when the letters were published as actual truth, it was too late for her to recant them. Any research along these lines would be appreciated. Thanks. Hawaii Hiker

It's hard to find evidence to support this idea in the works that I have read. But you make it sound like such fictionalising would be beyond her control. She edited the letters prior to publication to remove elements she thought were too personal so there was no question of any recanting. If she made it up, she made a decision to print it as well. But what makes you think she did? And why lie to Hennie? --Mr impossible 10:51, 10 September 2005 (UTC)

did she ever go to morocco

Korea and Her Neighbours[edit]

I obtained the pdf file of this book (2nd volume, so starting from Chapter 19) and am currently typing it out. So far there's a page missing here and this chapter has a page with parts so blurry that I can't make them out. If anyone can fill in the details that would be great. I can't seem to find the first volume either so I'd appreciate it if someone could send it to me (I live in Korea and it doesn't seem that Google Books allows direct downloading here without a proxy so I got someone to send the file to me). Mithridates 17:00, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Update on this: I know a teacher here in Korea that is getting his students to type up both volumes, and apparently they should be ready in a few weeks and then put up on the Gutenberg Project. In the meantime I finished typing out the second volume last week. Mithridates 08:28, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to add a section focusing on her travel photograph, particularly of China. Her photographs of the Yangtze Valley in particular are important because they are so early.Digivici (talk) 18:24, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

do you know[edit]

why did she explore try and find out —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:54, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

You've asked an important question. The current article glosses over the reason, attributing it to mental illness of some kind, which remains unsourced. The fact is, she was ill, and her doctors sent her overseas to find a cure. The change in climate probably did her good. Viriditas (talk) 23:19, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Works by isabella bird[edit]

Guderyean (talk) 05:28, 17 November 2012 (UTC)