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Weird and Tragic Shores (Modern Library Exploration)

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In 1860, fifteen years after Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition disappeared in the Arctic, a Cincinnati businessman named Charles Francis Hall set out to locate and rescue the expedition's survivors. He was an amateur explorer, without any scientific training or experience, but he was driven by a sense of personal destiny and of religious and patriotic mission. Despite the odds against him, he made three forays into the far North, the final--and fatal--one taking him farther north than any westerner had ever gone before. But Hall was suddenly taken ill on that voyage and died under mysterious circumstances.

Ninety-seven years later, Chauncey Loomis headed an expedition to Hall's grave in northwestern Greenland. He exhumed Hall's frozen body and performed an autopsy. His findings suggest that the investigators of Hall's death nervously sidestepped the damning evidence. Loomis has written a masterful biography-cum-mystery that brilliantly evokes the lure of the Arctic and the brutal contest between man and nature.

        

With a new Introduction by Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-337) and index.

About the Author

Chauncey Loomis was born in New York in 1930 and studied at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton (A.B., Ph.D.) and Columbia universities (M.A.). He came to exploration through his interest in photography and has been on three expeditions to the Peruvian Andes and five to the Arctic. He recently retired after teaching English at Dartmouth College for thirty-six years. He lives in Massachusetts.

Jon Krakauer is the author of Into Thin Air, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Into the Wild. His work has appeared in many magazines, including Outside, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He chose the books in the Modern Library Exploration series for their literary merit and historical significance--and because he found them such a pleasure to read.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375755255
Introduction:
Barrett, Andrea
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing
Introduction by:
Barrett, Andrea
Introduction:
Barrett, Andrea
Author:
Loomis, Chauncey C.
Author:
Barrett, Andrea
Author:
Loomis, Chauncey
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Arctic regions Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Explorers -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2000
Series:
Modern Library Exploration
Series Volume:
99-326
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP BandW PHOTOS; 1 MAP
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 in 1 lb

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