Arctic Dreams

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2001-10-02
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece. Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes,Arctic Dreamsis nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature.

Author Biography

Barry Lopez is the author of six works of nonfiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in <i>Harper's</i>, <i>The Paris Review, DoubleTake, </i>and<i> The Georgia Review</i>. He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. He lives in western Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Author's Note xvii
Preface xix
Prologue: Pond's Bay, Baffin Island 1(14)
Banks Island: Ovibos moschatus
Tornarssuk: Ursus maritimus
Lancaster Sound: Monodon monoceros
Migration: The Corridors of Breath
Ice and Light
The Country of the Mind
The Intent of Monks
A Northern Passage
Epilogue: Saint Lawrence Island, Bering Sea 407(10)
Notes 417(4)
Maps 421(6)
Appendices 427(18)
Bibliography 445(4)
Index 449

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