Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer

University of Nebraska Press, 1971 - 375 páginas
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A Cincinnati businessman named Charles Francis Hall set out for the Arctic in 1860 to search for members of Sir John Franklin's expedition, missing for fifteen years. An amateur explorer without scientific training, Hall was extraordinary in his determination, independence, and energy. Drawing on surviving letters and journals, Chauncey C. Loomis has reconstructed in atmospheric detail his daring forays into the inhospitable Far North. The last one brought Hall in 1871 closer to the Pole than any other Westerner had ever been and resulted in his death under mysterious circumstances.   Ninety-seven years later, in 1968, Loomis headed an expedition to Hall's grave in northwestern Greenland. The results of the autopsy on his frozen remains suggested that a naval board of inquiry long ago had nervously sidestepped rumors and suspicious evidence. In weighing new revelations, Weird and Tragic Shorestells a story to chill the blood.   In his new afterword to the Bison Book edition, Chauncey C. Loomis, a professor of English at Dartmouth College, writes about the Arctic of the imagination, which is the Arctic that first summoned Hall.

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Charles Francis Hall was an extraordinarily erratic character, and his biography fits him. The Modern Library Edition has a Series Introduction, an Introduction, a Prologue, an Epilogue, an Afterword ... Leer reseña completa

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A fascinating look at 19th Century Arctic exploration, told through the life story of Charles Francis Hall, who went from being a typical middle-class merchant in the Midwest to becoming fatally ... Leer reseña completa


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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.

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