Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

by Tim Jeal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300142234

ISBN-13: 9780300142235

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review

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"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
 

Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley’s public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley’s life—a life of almost impossible extremes—in this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success.

Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley’s rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his  life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley’s epic but  unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing  the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300142235
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
279,759
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Plates     xi
Maps     xiv
Introduction     1
Dreams of Love and Freedom     17
In the Name of the Father     31
A Terrible Freedom     42
An Accident-prone Apprenticeship     57
War Correspondent     62
How are we to be Married?     73
The Long-imagined Quest     91
'I Cannot Die!'     101
Canonizing Dr Livingstone     117
'Fame is Useless to Me'     133
A Destiny Resumed     149
Love and the Longest Journey     157
The Island of Death     171
'The Great Struggle with this Mystery'     193
'I Hate Evil and Love Good'     220
A Colony for a King     233
A Banquet in Paris     257
After the Slave Raids     266
Who Stole the Congo?     280
A Pawn in Great Power Politics     289
'A Kind of Innocence'     298
Why Rescue Emin Pasha?     313
A Fateful Decision     329
The Enigma of Emin Pasha     336
'Evil Hangs over this Forest...'     354
Keeping Emin Pasha's Secret     365
The Shape of Things to Come...     384
Dorothy's Other Love     391
Was the Emin Pasha Expedition Piratical?     407
Africa or a Child     415
An End to 'Noble Objects'     423
Stanley, Leopold and the Atrocities     443
'Before it is Too Late'     453
Afterword     464
Acknowledgements     476
Sources     478
Bibliography     482
Notes     488
Index     547

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