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travel guideEugene Fodor, a Hungarian-born writer of travel articles, who had emigrated to the United States before the struggle, wrote guidebooks which introduced English-reading audiences to continental Europe. The Baedeker and Murray guide books had been massively popular and were commonplace assets for vacationers properly into the twentieth century. As William Wetmore Story said in the 1860s, “Every Englishman overseas carries a Murray for information, and a Byron for sentiment, and finds out by them what he’s to know and really feel by each step.” During World War I the 2 editors of Baedeker’s English-language titles left the company and acquired the rights to Murray’s Handbooks; the ensuing information books, referred to as the Blue Guides to distinguish them from the red-lined Baedekers, constituted one of the major information guide sequence … Read More

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