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Full of humor, profundity, and obsession, these are tales of writers on peregrine paths. Some set out in search of legends or artistic inspiration; others seek spiritual epiphany or fulfillment of a promise. Their journeys lead them variously to DraculaÃ¢ÂÂs castle, Laura Ingalls WilderÃ¢ÂÂs prairie, the GrimmsÃ¢ÂÂ fairy-tale road, Mayan temples, Nathaniel WestÃ¢ÂÂs California, the Camino de Santiago trail, ScottÃ¢ÂÂs Antarctica, the Marquis de SadeÃ¢ÂÂs haunted manor, or the sacred city of Varanasi. All of these pilgrimages are worthy journeysÃ¢ÂÂredemptive and serious. But a time-honored element of pilgrimage is a suspension of rules, and there is absurdity and exuberance here as well.