This Is The Collected Travel Essays Of Elizabeth Taylor, A Victorian Adventuress Who Specialized In Traveling To, And Writing About, The Coldest Lands On Earth Throughout Her Wildly Exciting Life She Collected Many Firsts , Including Being One Of The First Recognized Explorers Of The American Arctic Region.The Challenge Of Rugged, Cold Places Was Her Romance, And Her Essays Include Descriptions On The Culture, Family Life, Folklore And Natural History Of Alaska, Arctic Canada, Iceland, Norway, Scotland And The Faeroe Islands Of Denmark Included In This Delicious Volume Are Reprints Of Her Original Photos And Illustrations.Taylor Traveled By Birchbark Canoe, Steamboat, Red River Ox Carts And Horseback, And Even Experienced A Shipwreck As A Self Taught Botanist And Zoologist, She Wrote About The Local Flora, Fauna And Wildlife She Observed In Her Journeys, And Today Two Plants Carry Her Name She Collected Plant And Fish Specimens For The American Museum Of Natural History, Cornell University, Catholic University Of Washington, The Smithsonian Institution And Pitt Rivers Museum Of Oxford University There Is A Pleasing Squishiness About A Big Puddle, And A Little Excitement In Seeing How Deep One Is Going To Go It Is Unreasonable, I Confess One Is Scorched By The Hot Sun, Drenched In Storms, Bitten By Mosquitoes, Gnats And Deer Flies, Lives On Bacon And Camp Bread, Sleeps On The Ground, And Is Perfectly Happy Withal Another Time I Should Take As Many Prunes As Possible. Loved this An American woman s travel essays from the Victorian era about visiting Norway, Iceland, Canada and living in the Faeroe Islands for long stints of time She seemed genuinely interested in getting to know the places through regular people An example The magistrate of the Faeroes offered her a place in his house, but decided to stay with a farmer s family She said did not imagine she had the proper clothes for the magistrate s entertainment schedule and believed she would be Loved this An American woman s travel essays from the Victorian era about visiting Norway, Iceland, Canada and living
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the section on the Faroe Islands comprising just over half of the book this is such a fascinating part of the world and having been there myself, including some of the places Elizabeth Taylor visited, it really came alive for me And what an amazing woman By today s standards perhaps some of the things she did and the places she visited may not seem all that incredible, but in the Victorian world it was largely unheard of for a single lady to trave I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the section on the Faroe Islands comprising just over half of the
If you want to read about the Faroe Islands and you don t have fluency in any Scandinavian languages, your choices are limited Fortunately, this intrepid lady traveler wrote a nice chunk of essays in English during her many years there Warning the grindadr p whaling is pretty vividly described.
- 320 pages
- The Far Islands and Other Cold Places
- Elizabeth Taylor
- 21 February 2019 Elizabeth Taylor