The Arctic: An Anthology | Granta

  • Published: 01/10/2008
  • ISBN: 9781847080271
  • 129x20mm
  • 288 pages

The Arctic: An Anthology

Elizabeth Kolbert

The Arctic: An Anthology features an international mix of classic first-person accounts of exploration, literary travelogues and works of cultural history, natural science and fiction about the North Pole. The contributors include British, American, Scandinavian and Russian explorers such as John Franklin, Fridtjof Nansen, Salomon August Andree, Knud Rasmussen and Robert Peary; novelists such as Jules Verne, Jack London and Barry Lopez; and environmental explorers such as Gretel Ehrlich. It is published alongside the companion volume, The Antarctic: An Anthology.

The terrible beauty of the polar regions has posed a challenge to those who have seen it, causing them to strive grimly to find new ways to describe it ... there is some superb nature writing in these collections ... [they] display the beauty and vulnerability of these regions, and in doing so explain just what we stand to lose, and how close we are to losing it


real talent ... [here are] writers who not only know their subject, but who can also discuss it with colour and elegance

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The Author

Elizabeth Kolbert was a political reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before becoming a staff writer for the New Yorker in 1999. Her series on global warming, ‘The Climate of Man’, appeared in the magazine in spring 2005 and won a National Magazine Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Magazine Writing Award and the National Academies’ Communication Award. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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