The Polar Adventures of A Rich American Dame

The Polar Adventures of A Rich American Dame

A Life of Louise Arner Boyd

Book - 2017/11
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The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd -- the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century.



Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New York's distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was raised during a glittering era.



After inheriting a staggering family fortune, she began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the late 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic Ocean. Over the next three decades, she achieved international notoriety as a rugged and audacious polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Yet despite organizing, financing, and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.
Publisher: Dundurn Group 2017/11
ISBN: 9781459739703
1459739701
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER

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