The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic, Volume 1

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Elizabeth Kolbert, Francis Spufford
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 2, 2007 - Literary Collections - 448 pages
9 Reviews
A beautiful literary anthology published to commemorate the International Polar Year--and remind us what we're in danger of losing.
 
The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession for as long as we've known they existed. Countless explorers, including such legends as Richard Byrd, Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Falcon Scott, have risked their lives to chart their frozen landscapes. Now, for the first time in human history, we are in legitimate danger of seeing polar ice dramatically shrink, break apart, or even disappear. The Ends of the Earth, a collection of the very best writing on the Arctic and Antarctic, will simultaneously commemorate four centuries of exploring and scientific study, and make the call for preservation.
            Stocked with first-person narratives, cultural histories, nature and science writing, and fiction, this book is a compendium of the greats of their fields: including legendary polar explorers and such writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. LeGuin. Edited by two contemporary authorities on exploring and the environment, The Ends of the Earth is a memorable collection of terrific writing--and a lasting contribution to the debate over global warming and the future of the polar regions themselves.
 
About International Polar Year -
 
International Polar Year (which begins in spring 2007) is a major international science initiative that aims to focus public attention on the polar regions and our effect on them. The last such initiative, the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58, involved 80,000 scientists from 67 countries. This one promises to be bigger still.
  

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User Review  - mojacobs - LibraryThing

A collection of pages from journals, archives, short stories, memoirs... Some very interesting, some rather dry stuff, and some repetition as well. A bit disappointing for me. Read full review

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User Review  - Robin Harvey - Goodreads

Fantastic anthology; led me down the rabbit holes, most notably my (not-so) mild obsession with Rockwell Kent. Read full review

Contents

Francis Spufford Introduction
1
John Franklin The Extreme Misery of the Whole Party
7
Elisha Kent Kane The Return of Light
11
Frederick A Cook Into the Night
13
Chauncey Loomis Murder in the Arctic?
14
Louis Bernacchi Landfall
28
Andrea Barrett See the Esquimaux
30
Edward Wilson Sledge Dogs and Englishmen
33
Francis Spufford Scott Dies
97
TeteMichel Kpomassie A Greenland Christmas
99
Douglas Mawson Mawson Lives
102
Richard Byrd The Blow
109
Jack London In a Far Country
112
H P Lovecraft The Blasphemous City
116
Valerian Albanov Land Ho
127
John Langone Sea Daddy Stormalong John
128

Jules Verne Mount Hatteras
37
Ernest Shackleton Farthest South
43
Fridtjof Nansen The Winter Night
45
Nobu Shirase Lt Shirases Calling Card
55
Salomon August Andree Andrees Second Diary
58
Robert Peary We Reach the Pole
62
Apsley CherryGarrard The Winter Journey
63
Hinrich Rink Kasiagsak The Great Liar
71
Knud Rasmussen Songs of the Inuit
76
Roald Amundsen TopsyTurvy
78
Rockwell Kent The Garden of Eden
82
Robert Falcon Scott Tragedy All Along the Line
86
Contran De Poncins Kabloona
88
Diane Ackerman White Lanterns
134
Barry Lopez The Land Breathing
145
Bill Green Particles
149
Cretel Ehrlich Alibertis Ride
157
Jenny Diski Cabin 532
162
Sara Wheeler Hey Woo
173
Nicholas Johnson Blue Collar
187
Kim Stanley Robinson In the Footsteps of Amundsen 2016
195
A Brief Chronology of Arctic Exploration
203
Acknowledgments
207
A Brief Chronology of Antarctic Exploration
211
Acknowledgments
215
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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the New York Times. She lives with her husband and three sons in Williamstown, MA. Francis Spufford writes for the Guardian and lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and daughter. He received a Somerset Maugham Award for his book on ice exploration, I May Be Some Time.

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