I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination

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Palgrave Macmillan, 1996 - History - 372 pages
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Francis Spufford explores the British obsession with polar exploration in a book that Jan Morris, writing in The Times, called, A truly majestic work of scholarship, thought and literary imagination... The title, a last quote from one explorer to his party as he left their tent never to return, embodies the danger and mystery that fueled the romantic allure of the poles and, subsequently, the British imagination. Far from being a conventional history of polar exploration, I May Be Some Time attempts to understand what was going on in the minds of the polar explorers as they headed toward destinies like Terra Nova. Serving up a heady brew of Captain Perry, Jane Eyre, gastronomic obsessions with iced deserts, and the daily lives of the Eskimos, Spufford treats the reader to one of the most satisfying and imaginative contemporary works dealing with exploration and human need.
  

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Review: I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination

User Review  - Chris Stanley - Goodreads

Interesting topic, but felt like it was written by a less than enthusiastic writer. I guess I skim-read it! Another reader has suggested that it may be too academic, and I'd go along with that, in my case anyway. Some interesting points along the way but too little on Scott. Read full review

Review: I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

recommended by Robin McKinley on her blog Read full review

Contents

A Different History for the Poles
1
The Sublime
16
News from Nowhere
41
Damn the North Pole
49
The Powers of Frost and Air
79
Lady Janes Lament
94
Relics in the Snow
150
Imagining Eskimos
184
Comfortable Barbarians
236
I Have Always Taken My Place Havent I?
289
Acknowledgements
339
Selected List of Sources
341
Index
359
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About the author (1996)

Francis Spufford, hailed as a member of Britain's new literary generation, has edited two acclaimed anthologies The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature and The Chatto Book of The Devil.

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