Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska--Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal / Edition 1

Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska--Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal / Edition 1

by Rockwell Kent
ISBN-10:
0819552933
ISBN-13:
9780819552938
Pub. Date:
07/26/1996
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
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Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska--Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal / Edition 1

In August 1918 Rockwell Kent and his 9-year-old son settled into a primitive cabin on an island near Seward, Alaska. Kent, who during the next three decades became America's premier graphic artist, printmaker, and illustrator, was seeking time, peace, and solitude to work on his art and strengthen ties with his son. This reissue of the journal chronicling their 7-month odyssey describes what Kent called "an adventure of the spirit." He soon discovers how deeply he is "stirred by simple happenings in a quiet world" as man and boy face both the mundane and the magnificent: satisfaction in simple chores like woodchopping or baking; the appalling gloom of long and lonely winter nights; hours of silence while each works at his drawings; crystalline moonlight glancing off a frozen lake; killer whales cavorting in their bay. Richly illustrated by Kent's drawings, the journal vividly re-creates that sense of great height and space — both external and internal — at the same time that it celebrates a wilderness now nearly lost to us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819552938
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 07/26/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustration
I. Foreword
II. Preface
III. Second Preface
IV. Third Preface
V. Introduction to Alaska Drawings
VI. Discovery
1. Arrival
2. Chores
3. Winter
4. Waiting
5. Excursion
6. Home
7. Christmas
8. New Year
9. Olson!
10. Twilight
11. The Mad Hermit

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