Land of the snow men

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Calamari Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Fiction - 86 pages
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Fiction. LAND OF THE SNOW MEN is a collection of visionary stories and renderings taken from the journals of the enigmatic George Belden, who claimed to be on the tragic expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott to reach the South Pole in 1910 through 1912. Norman Lock discovered Belden and his remarkable journal by accident. He had been for some years in Africa, writing a novel, A History of the Imagination. The strain of living in a country as alien as Africa, with little money and little hope of finding a publisher, caused him to have a nervous breakdown. A friend in Mombassa contacted his wife, who arranged for his return and commitment to a private sanitarium in Vermont's Green Mountains. During the final weeks of Lock's recuperation, the institution's chief of staff asked if he would sort through boxes of old files in the sanitarium's basement to determine whether or not any should be kept. In one of those boxes, Lock found LAND OF THE SNOW MEN.

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

a fake memoir of a fictional antartic explorer, presented as the hallucinated tale of a sanitarium inmate who believes he travel with scott's ill-fated expedition. the premise is that the editor ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charles Dee Mitchell - Goodreads

What a perfect book. Eighty-eight pages long, and only about seventy of those text. You slip into and out of this book in a hour or so, but while there you are immersed in a narrative that includes ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Foreword
7
The Cruelty of Poetry
27
Castling to Safety
44
Copyright

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George Belden (1885-1952), architect, was commissioned by the Philadelphia Explorers Club, in 1913, to erect a memorial on Antarcticas Barrier Ice, commemorating the death of Captain Robert Scott and two of his colleagues the previous year. Belden went mad without ever fulfilling his commission. The text published here is taken from his journal, Land of the Snow Men, purporting to be an eyewitness account of Scotts 1910-12 polar expedition. Belden was confined for most of his life in the Waterbury Asylum, Vermont.

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