“…In Europe, after college they have a Wanderjahr. Well, this is a Wanderjahr. It’s … wonderful!”
2003, John Allen, Homelessness in American Literature: Romanticism, Realism and Testimony, p3
[W]ith wandering blind Homers, peripatetic Cynics, homeless rhapsodists, drifting jongleurs, mendicant goliards, rhyming beggars, fluent picaros, itinerant preachers imitating Christ, literary students on a wanderjahr, restless romantic poets, footloose folk singers, exiled revolutionary memorialists, artistic mariners, professional literary hobos and aspiring hitchhiker novelists – among others! – large parts of our significant literature have found the muse on the road, if not down-and-out in the streets. (77)
2005, Gore Vidal et alios, Conversations with Gore Vidal, p3
The Judgment of Paris is an account of a young American’s wanderjahr in Europe, crowded with amusing characters and incidents.