In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage by Hampton Sides

By Hampton Sides

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New York Times bestselling writer Hampton facets returns with a white-knuckle story of polar exploration and survival within the Gilded Age

In the overdue 19th century, humans have been obsessed through one of many final unmapped parts of the globe: the North Pole. not anyone knew what existed past the castle of ice rimming the northern oceans, even if theories abounded. the key cartographer on the earth, a German named August Petermann, believed that hot currents sustained a verdant island on the most sensible of the realm. nationwide glory might fall to whoever might plant his flag upon its shorelines.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously filthy rich proprietor of The manhattan Herald, had lately captured the world's realization through dispatching Stanley to Africa to discover Dr. Livingstone. Now he used to be prepared to re-create that sensation on a good extra epic scale. So he funded an legitimate U.S. naval excursion to arrive the Pole, opting for as its captain a tender officer named George Washington De lengthy, who had received reputation for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De lengthy led a staff of 32 males deep into uncharted Arctic waters, wearing the aspirations of a tender nation burning to develop into an international strength. On July eight, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds within the grip of "Arctic Fever."

The send sailed into uncharted seas, yet quickly used to be trapped in pack ice. years into the harrowing voyage, the hull used to be breached. Amid the push of water and the shrieks of breaking wood forums, the staff deserted the send. below an hour later, the []iJeannette[/i] sank to the bottom,and the lads came upon themselves marooned 1000 miles north of Siberia with merely the barest offers. therefore all started their lengthy march around the never-ending ice--a frozen hell within the such a lot lonesome nook of the realm. dealing with every thing from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the day trip battled insanity and hunger as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns necessary of a mystery, In The nation of Ice is a spellbinding story of heroism and resolution within the so much unforgiving territory on the earth.

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But there were other models on hand, in particular a set of literary and theatrical discourses in which music played a powerful role. He could look to the verse drama movement with its appeal to ritual and the sacred past; the documentary movement with its sociological attention to the texture and particularity of English life; and the interest in public occasion and state ceremony that developed as a response to fascist display, influencing the Arts Council’s concept of public art and manifesting in the events and festivals discussed in the following chapters.

These were years, in other words, of intense contact with English literary, religious, and musical tradition, including both elements fairly new to the twentieth-century musical scene – especially Purcell – and the traditions of folksong and church music that had fed English music in the interwar years. Along with these signs of engagement with the English musical past came a commitment to the idea of an English musical culture, one that was connected with real audiences, rooted in ideals of community and traditional public practices, and integrated with everyday life.

Brett, Music and Sexuality, 219. Brett’s description of this turn is on pp. 213–220. This description draws on and refines an earlier discussion of Britten’s engagement with folksong and Purcell (154–171). For another discussion of Britten’s combative relationship with the pastoral school, which influences Brett’s, see Arnold Whittall, “The Signs of Genre: Britten’s Version of the Pastoral,” in Sundry Sorts of Music Books: Essays on the British Library Music Collections, Presented to O. W. Neighbour on His Seventieth Birthday, ed.

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