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, Francis Spufford
     
 

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The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession
for as long as weve 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
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Overview

The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession
for as long as weve 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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Editorial Reviews

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:
9781608196937
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
3 MB

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.
Elizabeth Kolbert was a New York Times reporter for fourteen years until she became a staff writer at the New Yorker in 1999. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children.

@ElizKolbert
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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