ISBN 9780393010541,Dead Reckoning: The Greatest Adventure Writing Of The Golden Age Of Exploration, 1800-1900

Dead Reckoning: The Greatest Adventure Writing Of The Golden Age Of Exploration, 1800-1900

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ISBN 9780393010541
Publisher

W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Year 2002
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780393010541

ISBN-10 0393010546
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 416 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Non Fiction

This definitive collection of adventure writing contains 35 stories from the most compelling odysseys of the 19th 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. 30 illustrations.

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 themselves -- some humorous and lighthearted, others desperate and thrilling -- but 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.

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