A BOOK which hails William Wordsworth’s role in the invention of tourism has been published by a Japanese professor and launched in the Lake District.
The work stems from a visit by author Saeko Yoshikawa to Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount, where she was shown a Victorian album of pencil sketches by curator Peter Elkington.
Prof Yoshikawa, of the Kobe City University, is an expert on Wordsworth and tourism in the Lakes.
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“For the middle classes on holiday, guidebooks not only offered information but also provided a new appreciation of the area,” said Prof Yoshikawa.