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The Great Explorer

by Harold Horwood

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list price: $12.95
published: 1990
publisher: Doubleday Canada

This is the story of the greatest Canadian ice captain who ever lived--the greatest, by general consent, of any nationality in this century.  Robert Bartlett took ships to the north coast of Ellesmere Island, sledged to within 150 miles of the North Pole, made twenty-two voyages into the Canadian Arctic, and six to other parts of the Arctic, yet is almost wholly unknown in Canada.

Besides piloting some of the most famous exploring voyages of all time--those of Robert E. Peary and Vilhajalmur Stefansson--Bartlett made four arctic voyages for the American Government and sixteen expeditions of his own which produced, in the period between the world wars, an immense wealth of scientific knowledge.  He was the first arctic explorer to place science ahead of exploration.

Harold Harwood worked from the original manuscripts and ships' logs to tell the life-story of this remarkable man.  Bartlett was a colourful, often controversial character, a man whose extraordinary courage and tenacity were of heroic proportions.

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Harold Horwood was born in St. John's Newfoundland in 1923.  His careers include longshoreman, fisherman, publisher, union organizer, and associate editor of St. John's Evening Telegram.  He has written extensively for magazines, radio and television, and is the author of several books, including PIRATES, AND OUTLAWS OF CANADA, WHITE ESKIMO, THE FOXES OF BEACHY COVE, and BANDITS AND PRIVATEERS.

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Editorial Review

"Horwood's book, with its careful research and clear style, is the storyof one of the great seconds-in-command of all time, a man of modest style, but rich character." - The Glove and Mail
"Horwood is a marvellous storyteller, with a love for ships and the sea, and in Bartlett's adventures he has a marvellous tale to tell." - The Toronto Star

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Harold Horwood

HAROLD HORWOOD combined a literary ambition with early experience as a labour union organizer and a close collaborator of Newfoundland's first premier Joey Smallwood in the campaign for Confederation. He later became an author, and with his organizing experience was the natural choice as founding vice-chair of The Writers' Union of Canada and later chair, 1980-81. He was the author 24 books in total; five fiction, many types of non-fiction, and one poetry anthology. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1980.
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