Author:Elias Burton Holmes

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Elias Burton Holmes
Born in Chicago, where he was educated at the Allen Academy and at the Harvard School, and where he began his lecture work in 1890. With the exception of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, he traveled in nearly every country in the world in gathering material for his lectures; these he delivered in all the leading American cities and in several foreign countries.[1] In 1903 he coined the word travelogue, based on the words monologue and travel.[2]
Elias Burton Holmes



  1. “HOLMES, Elias Burton.” The New International Encyclopedia, Second Edition, Volume 11, p. 389. (1915) New York, NY: Dodd, Mead and Company.
  2. "Travelogue." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 02 Jan. 2011. <>.