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CONTENTS PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION A BRIEF HISTORY OF POLAR EXPLORATION () Heading North () Explorers and Survivors () The Far South () In Search of the North-West Passage () Catastrophe in Canada () Stuck in the Ice () Imperial Ambitions () "Scandinavian Ascendancy" () Race to the Poles () Shackleton's Expedition () Writing on Ice () PART ONE MAKING A HOME () I Medieval Norse Sagas and the Pagan Prophetess () II Full of Fruit: Hans Egede's Greenland () III Secret Runes: Searching for the Colonists 1800-2000 () PART TWO THE LONG DARK NIGHT IV Sir William Edward Parry: "The Utmost Regularity and Good Order" () Our New Acquaintance () V Comforts and Good Cheer: Nansen Goes North () A Happy Ship () Nothing to Write About () VI "I Dread Getting Up": Richard Byrd Alone in the Antarctic () "Great Waves of Fear" () PART THREE THE BITTER END () VII They are an Epic: Robert Falcon Scott and the South Pole () A Wearisome Return () "The Poor Soldier Has Become a Terrible Hindrance" () "We Will Not at This Moment Raise the Question" () VIII Ballooning to the North Pole: The Andr¿e Expedition () Raw Brain and Algae Soup () IX Eating Each Other: Adolphus Greely's Three Years of Arctic Service () "A Stern and Frightful Reality" () PART FOUR VISITING THE DEAD () X "A Fate as Terrible as the Imagination Can Conceive": Sir John Franklin's Last Expedition () "A Mere Accumulation of Dead Weight"() XI Interrupting His Cold Sleep: John Torrington () "A Curious and Solemn Scene" () XII Arctic Arsenic: Charles Francis Hall and the Search for Franklin () Death on the Polaris () PART FIVE WOMEN AT THE POLES () XIII Babies on Hudson Bay: The Letters of Letitia Hargrave () XIV My Antarctic Honeymoon: Jennie Darlington in Antarctica () A Dog's Life () XV The Fairyland of the Arctic: Isobel Wylie Hutchison in Greenland () PART SIX ENGLISH LITERATURE ON ICE () XVI The Loud Misrule: Arctic Imagery in English Poetry () Melting the Ice: John Donne and James Thomson at the North Pole () Hell Freezes Over: Frankenstein and the Albatross () XVII Dicsovered by Pooh: Children's Fiction Goes to the Poles () Parodying the Poles: The Snark and Pooh take on Franklin and Scott () Ice Maidens and Snow Queens () EPILOGUE ) THE END OF THE ROAD () FURTHER READING () INDEX ()
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration.
Polar regions -- Description and travel.