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The polar adventures of a rich American dame : a life of Louise Arner Boyd /
Joanna Kafarowski.
imprint
Toronto : Dundurn, [2017]
description
367 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
ISBN
1459739701, 9781459739703, 9781459739710 (PDF), 9781459739727 (ePub)
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imprint
Toronto : Dundurn, [2017]
isbn
1459739701
9781459739703
9781459739710 (PDF)
9781459739727 (ePub)
abstract
"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. She was presented at the British royal court, and travelled in genteel style from one dazzling capital to another. After inheriting a staggering family fortune while only in her thirties, 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 philanthropist and society woman. Yet despite organizing, financing, and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today."--
catalogue key
11610378
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-357) and index.

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