The Making of H. R. Mill's "The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton"
The Private Correspondence of Dr. Hugh Robert Mill
and Lady Shackleton, 1922-33
By Michael H. Rosove
2007 First Edition of 500 copies
This is an edition of 500 copies. From the front flap blurb: “On 18 April 1922, just over three months following Sir Ernest Shackleton’s death, Emily Shackleton, Sir Ernest’s widow, invited Hugh Robert Mill, the greatest Antarctic historian of his time, to write Sir Ernest’s biography. He wrote back the same day graciously accepting the invitation, and she responded, 'Your kind letter rejoiced my heart.' These two then embarked on a fast-paced project that would launch the first Shackleton biography a mere twelve months later.
Their motivation was a mutual commitment to erecting a monument to the great explorer’s memory. They communicated mostly by the post and thus left a trail of their creative process, to the delight of posterity. Their correspondence reveals facts about Sir Ernest, his family, and associates not found in the published works. It also reveals to us the personalities and sensibilities of Dr. Mill and Lady Shackleton.
The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton provides some new facts about Lady Shackleton, her grandmother. Dr. Baughman has written an informative biographical synopsis of Dr. Mill. Dr. Rosove provides background on the correspondence and editions of the biography and has annotated the correspondence. Devotees of Sir Ernest and Dr. Mill will find particular pleasure in this book. Half the proceeds from sales will benefit the William Mills Library Acquisitions Fund of the Scott Polar Research Institute.”
CONDITION: original textured navy boards with silver lettering spine, EPs decorated with image of handwritten correspondence. Flawless new condition in flawless illustrated dust-wrapper. Price: $35.
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