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The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd (Paperback)
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The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 28/11/2017
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The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd - the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century.

Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New York's distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was raised during a glittering era.

After inheriting a staggering family fortune, she began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the late 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic Ocean. Over the next three decades, she achieved international notoriety as a rugged and audacious polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Yet despite organizing, financing, and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.

Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
ISBN: 9781459739703
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


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The early twentieth century was arguably the golden age of polar exploration and Louise Arner Boyd, heir to a fortune and raised a society woman in San Francisco, defied expectations to follow her dream to explore the most remote and dangerous regions on the planet. Joanna Kafarowski has given us a fascinating account of an adventurous spirit following an unconventional path. * Stephen R. Bown, author *
Vividly written, exhaustively researched, and long overdue, this evocative biography brings to life a forgotten female explorer who cries out for greater recognition. What a wonderful addition to Arctic exploration literature. * Ken McGoogan, author of Lady Franklin's Revenge and Dead Reckoning *
An exhaustively researched account of the remarkable life of Louise Arner Boyd ... Arctic aficionados, history buffs, and feminists will all be intrigued by this story of an adventurous life. * Publishers Weekly *

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