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1 STARK, Peter (ed.) DELONG, George W. AMUNDSEN, Roald QITSUALIK, Rachel A. Ring of Ice : True Tales of Adventure, Exploration, and Arctic Life. in dj
Lyons Press, New York, 2000, ISBN:1558215379 
STARK, Peter (ed.). Ring of Ice : True Tales of Adventure, Exploration, andArctic Life. (New York) : The Lyons Press, (2000). First printing. Pp (8), ix-xix,(1),1-444. 8vo, blue paper spine with dark blue paper covered boards. Parts : 1. The Search for the Northwest Passage; 2. The Push to the Pole;3. The Search to Understand; 4. The New Explorers. Also includes over 30 I nuit / Eskimo poems. "Well-chosen, bone-chilling stories of the most daunting place on earth, and of the amazing things people have done there." -fromthe dust jacket. "Well into the nineteenth century, Arctic explorers belie ved that they needed only to smash their ships through a ring of ice encircling the top of the globe, and from there they could tack easily on soft breezes to the North Pole. Acting on this belief, these adventurers were crushed by ice, wasted by scurvy, and frozen to death on the ice floes. "This European notion of the Arctic as a ring of ice surrounding a void not only lured countless sailors to their deaths, but also had the effect of drowningout the voices and the visions of the native Arctic people. Now this vibra nt collection celebrates both the unheard voices of the Arctic peoples and the trail of words left by the Europeans who pushed forward to fill the hole in their knowledge of the world. "Spanning the years from 1741 to the present, Ring of Ice presents many such works, including the story of Captain Tyson and his crew who, marooned by their own shipmates, were forced to float precariously on a tiny iceberg for five months before being rescued. Andthe tale of Duncan Pryde, a fur trader employed by the Hudson's Bay Compan y, who finds himself unwittingly caught up in the Inuit tradition of wife exchange. "Juxtaposed with these European tales are stories of survival, skill, and daily life among the Eskimos, as told through dozens of native poems and legends, as well as by some of today's most promising writers, including Finn Lynge and Rachel A. Qitsualik. "Enriched by the writings of Richard K. Nelson, Gretel Ehrlich, Barry Lopez, Sir Jiohn Franklin, and such classics as Gontran de Poncins' Kabloona and Adolphus Greely's Three Years of Arctic Service, Ring of Ice is a comprehensive and altogether unique anthology presenting the colorful history that pervades this monochromatic landscape." -from the dust jacket. Vg in lightly nicked dj. 22.50

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