The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic

The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic

by Elizabeth Kolbert
     
 

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A beautiful literary anthology published to commemorate the International Polar Year—and remind us what we're in danger of losing.

The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession for as long as we've known they existed. Countless explorers, including such legends as Richard Byrd, Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Falcon Scott, have

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A beautiful literary anthology published to commemorate the International Polar Year—and remind us what we're in danger of losing.

The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession for as long as we've known they existed. Countless explorers, including such legends as Richard Byrd, Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Falcon Scott, have risked their lives to chart their frozen landscapes. Now, for the first time in human history, we are in legitimate danger of seeing polar ice dramatically shrink, break apart, or even disappear. The Ends of the Earth, a collection of the very best writing on the Arctic and Antarctic, will simultaneously commemorate four centuries of exploring and scientific study, and make the call for preservation.
Stocked with first-person narratives, cultural histories, nature and science writing, and fiction, this book is a compendium of the greats of their fields: including legendary polar explorers and such writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. LeGuin. Edited by two contemporary authorities on exploring and the environment, The Ends of the Earth is a memorable collection of terrific writing—and a lasting contribution to the debate over global warming and the future of the polar regions themselves.

About International Polar Year -

International Polar Year (which begins in spring 2007) is a major international science initiative that aims to focus public attention on the polar regions and our effect on them. The last such initiative, the International Geophysical Year in 1957–58, involved 80,000 scientists from 67 countries. This one promises to be bigger still.

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The mystic Madame Blavatsky once envisaged a place "at the very circle of the Arctic Pole [where] a sea…never freezes a continent…is ever green." Today, thanks to exploration, we know better, but the reality is no less wondrous than what she dreamed. Elizabeth Kolbert and Francis Spufford's literary anthology encompasses the spectrum of North and South Pole writing: first-person explorer accounts, cultural histories, nature and scientific writing, and fiction. Contributors include Jon Krakauer, Diane Ackerman, Jack London, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The Ends of the Earth not only marks the advent of the International Polar Year; it alerts us to unprecedented threats to our polar regions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596914438
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 10.01(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the New York Times. She lives with her husband and three sons in Williamstown, MA. Francis Spufford writes for the Guardian and lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and daughter. He received a Somerset Maugham Award for his book on ice exploration, I May Be Some Time.

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