Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing from the Golden Age of Exploration, 1800-1900

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Helen Whybrow
W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 566 pages
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A collection of stories from the nineteenth century's most legendary voyages of discovery. For intensity of geographical exploration and wealth of first-rate adventure writing by intrepid men and women, the nineteenth century stands alone. This definitive collection contains thirty-five stories from the most compelling odysseys of the century: Fridtjof Nansen tries to walk to the North Pole; Mary Kingsley wanders alone in the jungles of West Africa; Richard Burton makes a forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca; Mary Mummery describes a harrowing first ascent in the Alps; Francis Parkman hunts buffalo with the Sioux. The excerpts are as varied as the voyages themselvessome humorous and lighthearted, others desperate and thrillingbut all are examples of adventure, and adventure writing, at the highest level. Several long-forgotten classics are reprinted here for the first time in one hundred years. From the search for the source of the Nile to the first crossing of the Himalayas to a quest for the origin of species, this book ranges the globe and captures the restlessness of the human spirit. 30 b/w illustrations.
 

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Whybrow shows up today's "extreme" adventurers in this hefty collection of 19th-century narratives. Before corporate sponsorship, before helicopter rescues, even before Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous ... Read full review

Contents

I
13
II
15
III
23
IV
25
VI
39
VIII
62
X
86
XII
112
XXXVII
319
XXXIX
335
XLI
345
XLIII
365
XLV
378
XLVII
388
XLVIII
403
XLIX
405

XIV
125
XVI
145
XVIII
159
XX
178
XXII
196
XXIV
217
XXV
219
XXVII
241
XXIX
264
XXXI
278
XXXIII
291
XXXV
311
LI
419
LIII
428
LV
441
LVI
455
LVIII
476
LX
495
LXII
514
LXIV
534
LXVI
548
LXVIII
565
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Helen s life as an educator, farmer, and writer follows a career in book publishing, where she was most recently an acquiring editor for W. W. Norton and the publisher of their Countryman Press imprint. She left publishing to cofound, with Peter Forbes, what became a nationally recognized place of learning and change-making Center for Whole Communities at their home place of Knoll Farm in central Vermont. She now manages their organic family farm and consults for Vermont Farm Viability and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont while also homeschooling their daughter and continuing her writing life. She is the editor of Dead Reckoning and co-editor of Our Land, Ourselves and The Story Handbook, among other works. You can learn more about their farm and ongoing projects at www.knollfarm.org.

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