9780375727481

Arctic Dreams

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  • ISBN13:

    9780375727481

  • ISBN10:

    0375727485

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 10/2/2001
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

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)
Arktikos
15(27)
Banks Island: Ovibos moschatus
42(34)
Tornarssuk: Ursus maritimus
76(43)
Lancaster Sound: Monodon monoceros
119(33)
Migration: The Corridors of Breath
152(52)
Ice and Light
204(48)
The Country of the Mind
252(50)
The Intent of Monks
302(53)
A Northern Passage
355(52)
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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