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The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic [NOOK Book]


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

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608196937
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 555,146
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
The Extreme Misery of the Whole Party     7
The Return of Light     11
Murder in the Arctic?     14
See the Esquimaux     30
Mount Hatteras     37
The Winter Night     45
Andree's Second Diary     58
We Reach the Pole     62
Kasiagsak, The Great Liar     71
Songs of the Inuit     76
The Garden of Eden     82
Kabloona     88
A Greenland Christmas     99
In a Far Country     112
Land Ho!     127
Icelandic Pioneer     134
The Land, Breathing     145
Aliberti's Ride     157
Unexpected Poisons     173
Shishmaref, Alaska     187
Brief Chronology of Arctic Exploration     203
Acknowledgments     207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Absolutely Fascinating!

    I've read more at this point on the Antarctica side, but each story allows the reader to become so engrossed in another cold tundra of a world! You feel like getting under the covers and warming yourself. One would also learn to REALLY appreciate the sunshine on a daily basis and how we are so very blessed with human comforts, even the poor! I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking adventure and knowledge on the vast extremities of our planet. I hope we learn always protect our planet and the animals that reside there.

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