The Proper Vehicle Of Passion

Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee follow in the footsteps of the writers Henry James and Edith Wharton retracing the motor journey they took through France in 1907 in what James called "the Vehicle of Passion".

A feature recorded on location in France with readings from the journals and letters of James and Wharton intercut with the experiences of two contemporary writers.

Friends and contemporary writers Lee and Barnes, use their journey to examine the impact of travelling together on their own literary friendship.

Hermione Lee is writing a biography of Edith Wharton and Julian Barnes has long had an interest in France.

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Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee follow in the footsteps of the writers Henry James and Edith Wharton retracing the motor journey they took through France in 1907 in what James called "the Vehicle of Passion".

A feature recorded on location in France with readings from the journals and letters of James and Wharton intercut with the experiences of two contemporary writers.

Friends and contemporary writers Lee and Barnes, use their journey to examine the impact of travelling together on their own literary friendship.

Hermione Lee is writing a biography of Edith Wharton and Julian Barnes has long had an interest in France.In this episode they visit Chartres cathedral, Vezelay and the town of Bourges - which Henry James described as having a "mediocrity of middle age".

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Nohant - the home of George Sand.