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Regina W Daly : THE SHACKLETON LETTERS - Behind the Scenes of the Nimrod Expedition
ERSKINE PRESS, Norfolk, 31.08.09
Ernest Shackleton was obsessed by the Antarctic. He had written to his sister saying ‘You can’t think what it is like to walk over places where no man has walked before.’ He was disappointed at his showing during Scott’s Discovery Expedition—he had collapsed and Scott sent him back on the relief ship in 1903, because of his ‘ill health’
He wanted to be first to the South Pole, partly for the glory, partly for the fortune he expected to enjoy as a result of his explorations, but also because he felt he had to redeem himself.
Raising the money for the expedition was fraught with difficulties but in 1907 he finally set sail, aboard the Nimrod .
Here, gathered together for the first time, are 165 letters and telegrams exploring the inner workings of an heroic man with far-reaching dreams. His emotions are revealed through personal correspondence with Scott, Dr. Edward Wilson, Sir Clements Markham and others. Many of the letters were written to him or about him and they show how the people in his world responded to him and to each other. The last section of the book reproduces Shackleton’s intimate letters to his wife, Emily, and to Elspeth Beardmore, for whom he had a deep affection.
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