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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-09-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration--the mid-nineteenth-century romance with the Arctic--Andrea Barrett's compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship's scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, we encounter the Narwhal's crew, its commander, and the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we meet the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and mystery, finally discovering what they had not sought, the secrets of their own hearts. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Andrea Barrett has taught at the MFA program for writers at the Warren Wilson College.

Table of Contents

His Lists (May 1855)p. 15
Past the Cave Where the Cold Arises (June-July 1855)p. 41
A Riot of Objects (July-August 1855)p. 83
A Little Detour (August-September 1855)p. 117
The Ice in Its Great Abundance (October 1855-March 1856)p. 145
Who Hears the Fishes When They Cry? (April-August 1856)p. 187
The Goblins Known as Innersuit (August-October 1856)p. 227
Toodlamik, Skin and Bones (November 1856-March 1857)p. 249
A Big Stone Slipped from His Grasp (April-August 1857)p. 289
Specimens of the Native Tribes (September 1857)p. 335
The Nightmare Skeleton (October 1857-August 1858)p. 369
Author's Note and Acknowledgmentsp. 395
Note on the Illustrationsp. 399
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