The power of the written word, immortalised in manuscripts and cherished in libraries, provides a window into the beliefs, hopes and fears of times past and the opportunity to reflect on times present. Books enrich our lives and change the way we view the world. Great books are valued, celebrated and collected and some have changed the course of history.

For all those bibliophiles, take a journey through the evolution of written English — from the earliest Anglo Saxon histories, Chaucer's morality tales, the earliest autobiography and the scientific legacy of Newton and Darwin. Along the way, feel and marvel at the treasures of the written word, immerse ourselves in England's most outstanding libraries, and discover the literary landscapes of London, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge.

Enjoy privileged access not only to the world’s greatest libraries but also to rarely seen private collections. See the conservation of books in action, visit some of the world's best places to buy and sell books and hear how modern technology is helping to digitize and preserve some of writing's most important artifacts, including the 25-year Darwin Correspondence project.

About the Study Leader

John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey. Before his retirement in 2006, Professor Fleming taught medieval literature at Princeton for forty years. His many Princeton roles over the years included those of departmental chairman, college master, chief marshal, and Director of Freshman Seminars. A past president of the Medieval Academy of America, he is a widely published expert in the history of medieval thought and spirituality. He is a winner of the Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, the President’s medal for distinguished teaching, the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, and the Service to Princeton Award from the Alumni Council.

Trip Details

  • Dates: June 15-24, 2018
  • Cost: $7,290 per person double occupancy
  • Deposit: 1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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