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Fine. 1st American Edition. xviii; 374pp. Octavo. Original maroon boards. Gilt lettering on spine. Illustrated with B/W photos in text. Dust jacket is illustrated and unmarked. As new copy. fine Translated from the Icelandic by Keneva Kunz. Palsson follows the more personal side of Stefansson. From interviews to field diaries, revealing several relationships including one with an Inupiat woman and their son.
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396 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. ARCTIC. The new biography of Iceland's famed explorer and anthropologist. Vilhjalmur Stefansson has long been known for his groundbreaking work as an anthropologist and expert on Arctic peoples. His three expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in the early 1900s, as well as his groundbreaking work in northern anthropology, helped create his public image as a heroic, Hemingway-esque figure in the annals of twentieth-century exploration. But the emotional and private lives of Stefansson the man have remained hidden&emdash; until now. Much new evidence of these other lives has recently been discovered, allowing Gísli Pálsson to retell Stefansson's story. Love letters between Stefansson and his fiancée Cecil Smith, forgotten for decades, turned up in a New Hampshire flea market. The clever fieldwork of a private detective and a simple Web search led Pálsson to Smith's daughter by another man and her insights on Stefansson's first love. Stefansson's relationship with his informant and guide, Fanny Panigabluk, turns out to have been much more than a professional partnership: together they had a child, Alex, whose descendants Pálsson interviewed in Canada's Northwest Territories. And Stefansson's field diaries are a marked contrast to his published works, revealing lengthy and elegant essays, insightful commentary on Inupiat society, and drawings. The diaries show a Stefansson who was much more than the familiar brash adventurer; he was also a careful, observant, and gifted anthropologist. Above all, Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a study in contrasts. In this remarkable new work, Gísli Pálsson draws a clear, vivid, and in many ways unexpected, picture of the mythical Stefansson, while remaining careful not to apply modern sensibilities to the life and motivations of a man from such a different time. Travelling Passions is translated for the first time from the bestselling Icelandic-language edition. "Pálsson's book is very well-researched...an excellent read from start to finish." &emdash; Polar Record "Pálsson's book is a masterpiece. It leaves the reader with sufficient space for reflection which is an important asset."&emdash; Kristján Jóhannson, Dagblai The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Foreword-Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada • Acknowledgements • Hard Facts and Emotive Fluff • Formative Years • The Bone Collector • My Little Wife • Among Inuit • To the "Blond Eskimos" • In the Wake of the Karluk • Farewell to Family Life • Back to Civilization • The Saga of Alex Stefansson • The Dartmouth Years • The Super Eskimo • Love and Fame • Epilogue • A Chronology • Endnotes • Bibliography • Index. GÍisli Palsson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland and formerly was Professor at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on environmental change, the social implications of biotechnology, Arctic exploration, and Inuit genetic history. Among his many books is Writing on Ice: The Ethnographic Notebooks of Vilhjalmur Stefansson (UPNE, 2001). "Much has been written before about Stefansson's life, but Pálsson's work places it in a new context...The outcome is much more than an account of the life history of this 'famous Icelander, ' it becomes a contribution to the complex history of the exchanges between Western masculinity and colonial power with the cultural and natural environment of northern regions." &emdash; Ólafur Rastrick, Saga (Key Words: Biography, Love Letters, Gisli Palsson, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Exploreres, Exploration, Arctic, Anthropology, Fanny Panigabluk, Inupiat Society, Inuits).
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