Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley

Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley

by Katherine Frank
     
 

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Mary Kingsley began her life as a typically conventional Victorian woman. She would end up travelling to some of the most inhospitable regions of Africa and became one of the most celebrated travellers of the day. At the age of 31, she sailed on a cargo ship along the coast from Sierra Leone to Angola and then traveled inland from Guinea to Nigeria, studying

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Mary Kingsley began her life as a typically conventional Victorian woman. She would end up travelling to some of the most inhospitable regions of Africa and became one of the most celebrated travellers of the day. At the age of 31, she sailed on a cargo ship along the coast from Sierra Leone to Angola and then traveled inland from Guinea to Nigeria, studying African customs and beliefs. On her second journey, she ventured into remote parts of Gabon and the French Congo--the first European to do so. She encountered cannibals and crocodiles, studied the religious customs of the reclusive Fang tribe, climbed Mount Cameroon and explored the Ogowe River, trading cloth for ivory and rubber to fund her trip. She returned only once to Africa, during the Boer War, when she worked as a nurse and journalist. Tragically, she died of typhoid in 1900, only 38 years old.

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*Katherine Frank is the ideal biographer for this challenging subject…the story of a unique woman that has to be read, absorbed, devoured, to be believed.*--Elizabeth Longford

*A brilliant biography of Mary Kingsley, one of that remarkable cohort of brave Victorian lady travellers around the world.* --Britain-Nigeria Association

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As a travel writer, geographical pioneer, feminist, founder of the Royal African Society, and in a dozen other guises, Kingsley long has fascinated students of Britain's imperial past. She has been the subject of better than half a dozen full-length biographies and numerous shorter treatments. Yet until the present work she has, in many senses, remained cloaked in mystery. That is no longer the case, for Frank has turned years of arduous research into what can justly be called a definitive study. She has unearthed a host of previously unconsulted sources and employs them, together with a variety of printed materials, to good advantage in giving us a readable, credible portrait of a noted lady adventurer. Highly recommended. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates.James A. Casada, History Dept., Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845110208
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/08/2006
Series:
Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.77(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Frank is the author of Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi. She has also written biographies of Emily Brontë and Lucie Duff Gordon.

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