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Stanley [electronic resource] : the impossible life of Africa's greatest explorer /
Tim Jeal.
imprint
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; 2007.
description
xiii, 570 p., [23] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0300126255 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300126259 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; 2007.
isbn
0300126255 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300126259 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Dreams of love and freedom -- In the name of the father -- A terrible freedom -- An accident-prone apprenticeship -- War correspondent -- How are we to be married? -- The long-imagined quest -- 'I cannot die!' -- Canonizing Dr Livingstone -- 'Fame is useless to me' -- A destiny resumed -- Love and the longest journey -- The island of death -- 'The great struggle with this mystery' -- 'I hate evil and love good' -- A colony for a king -- A banquet in Paris -- After the slave raids -- Who stole the Congo? -- A pawn in great power politics -- 'A king of innocence' -- Why rescue Emin Pasha? -- A fateful decision -- The enigma of Emin Pasha -- 'Evil hangs over this forest...' -- Keeping Emin Pasha's secret -- The shape of things to come... -- Dorothy's other love -- Was the Emin Pasha expedition piratical? -- Africa or a child -- An end to 'noble objects' -- Stanley, Leopold and the atrocities -- 'Before it is too late.'
general note
"Published in 2007 in the United Kingdom by Faber and Faber" -- T.p. verso.
Maps: The search for Livingstone, 1871-1872 ; The great Trans-Africa journey, 1874-1877; Emin Pasha relief expedition, 1887-1889.
abstract
We think of Stanley as a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo--and the journalist who conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, as biographer Jeal shows. With access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the extent to which Stanley's career and life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent.--From publisher description.
catalogue key
11954247
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 478-487) and index.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, USA, 2008 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-03-01:
Jeal, the first biographer to have access to the hitherto unavailable 7,000 personal letters, journals, diaries, and other materials in the Stanley archives of the Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale in Brussels, has produced a meticulously detailed, thoroughly documented, definitive biography of Henry Stanley (born John Rowlands). Jeal traces Stanley's illegitimate birth and workhouse youth in Wales, his migration at 18 to the US, and his transformation from store clerk, steamboat hand, Civil War soldier, P.O.W., and deserter into the New York Herald's roving world reporter and discoverer of Livingstone. Subsequent exploits made Stanley the most famous African explorer of his era, a bestselling author, member of Parliament, and unofficial founder of the Congo Free State. Despite immense fame and extensive writings by and about Stanley, this biography repudiates the conventional perceptions about the explorer. Jeal shows that Stanley's marriage wasn't a sham and that he wasn't a repressed homosexual. The author totally refutes the long-held view of Stanley as egotistic, paranoid, violent, ruthless, racist, and as an obsessively driven explorer manipulated by King Leopold of Belgium. Jeal's fascinating biography will not be the last word on Stanley, but it should be the starting place for years to come. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. G. M. Stearns Elizabethtown Community College
Reviews
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"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . [Jeal] adds new layers to his subject''s character."David Gilmour, New York Review of Books
"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . [Jeal] adds new layers to his subject''s character."David Gilmour,New York Review of Books
"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . [Jeal] adds new layers to his subject's character."�David Gilmour, New York Review of Books
"There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal''s is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive. . . In its progress from workhouse to mud hut to baronial mansion, it is like the most vivid sort of Victorian novel. . ."
"There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal''s is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive. . . In its progress from workhouse to mud hut to baronial mansion, it is like the most vivid sort of Victorian novel. . ."Paul Theroux, front page,New York Times Book Review
"There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal''s is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive. . . In its progress from workhouse to mud hut to baronial mansion, it is like the most vivid sort of Victorian novel. . ."Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
"There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive. . . In its progress from workhouse to mud hut to baronial mansion, it is like the most vivid sort of Victorian novel. . ."�Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
"[T]his commanding, definitive biography . . . is an unalloyed triumph."�Jason Roberts, Washington Post Book World
"[T]his commanding, definitive biography . . . is an unalloyed triumph."Jason Roberts, Washington Post Book World
"[T]his commanding, definitive biography . . . is an unalloyed triumph."Jason Roberts,Washington Post Book World
"Tim Jeal has written a great book--shrewd, perceptive and engaging."
"Tim Jeal has written a great bookshrewd, perceptive and engaging."Jane Ridley,Sunday Telegraph
"Tim Jeal has written a great book�shrewd, perceptive and engaging."�Jane Ridley, Sunday Telegraph
"Tim Jeal has written a great bookshrewd, perceptive and engaging."Jane Ridley, Sunday Telegraph
Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
This item was reviewed in:
Booklist, September 2007
New York Times Book Review, September 2007
Washington Post, December 2007
Los Angeles Times, February 2008
Choice, March 2008
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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Summaries
Long Description
"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, "New York Times Book Review" Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley's life--a life of almost impossible extremes--in this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.
Main Description
"A magnificentnew life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley's life--a life of almost impossible extremes--in this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.
Main Description
"Amagnificentnew life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." --Paul Theroux, front page,New York Times Book Review Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley's lifea life of almost impossible extremesin this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.
Main Description
Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley's lifea life of almost impossible extremesin this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Platesp. xi
Mapsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Dreams of Love and Freedomp. 17
In the Name of the Fatherp. 31
A Terrible Freedomp. 42
An Accident-prone Apprenticeshipp. 57
War Correspondentp. 62
How are we to be Married?p. 73
The Long-imagined Questp. 91
'I Cannot Die!'p. 101
Canonizing Dr Livingstonep. 117
'Fame is Useless to Me'p. 133
A Destiny Resumedp. 149
Love and the Longest Journeyp. 157
The Island of Deathp. 171
'The Great Struggle with this Mystery'p. 193
'I Hate Evil and Love Good'p. 220
A Colony for a Kingp. 233
A Banquet in Parisp. 257
After the Slave Raidsp. 266
Who Stole the Congo?p. 280
A Pawn in Great Power Politicsp. 289
'A Kind of Innocence'p. 298
Why Rescue Emin Pasha?p. 313
A Fateful Decisionp. 329
The Enigma of Emin Pashap. 336
'Evil Hangs over this Forest...'p. 354
Keeping Emin Pasha's Secretp. 365
The Shape of Things to Come...p. 384
Dorothy's Other Lovep. 391
Was the Emin Pasha Expedition Piratical?p. 407
Africa or a Childp. 415
An End to 'Noble Objects'p. 423
Stanley, Leopold and the Atrocitiesp. 443
'Before it is Too Late'p. 453
Afterwordp. 464
Acknowledgementsp. 476
Sourcesp. 478
Bibliographyp. 482
Notesp. 488
Indexp. 547
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