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N by E

Rockwell Kent

Publication Year: 2011

When artist, illustrator, writer, and adventurer Rockwell Kent first published N by E in a limited edition in 1930, his account of a voyage on a 33-foot cutter from New York Harbor to the rugged shores of Greenland quickly became a collectors' item. Little wonder, for readers are immediately drawn to Kent's vivid descriptions of the experience; we share "the feeling of wind and wet and cold, of lifting seas and steep descents, of rolling over as the wind gusts hit," and the sound "of wind in the shrouds, of hard spray flung on a drum-tight canvas, of rushing water at the scuppers, of the gale shearing a tormented sea."

When the ship sinks in a storm-swept fjord within 50 miles of its destination, the story turns to the stranding and subsequent rescue of the three-man crew, salvage of the vessel, and life among native Greenlanders. Magnificently illustrated by Kent's wood-block prints and narrated in his poetic and highly entertaining style, this tale of the perils of killer nor'easters, treacherous icebergs, and impenetrable fog -- and the joys of sperm whales breaching or dawn unmasking a longed-for landfall -- is a rare treat for old salts and landlubbers alike.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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Foreword: On Rockwell Kent

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pp. vii-xviii

Like Jack London, George Catlin, Frederick Church—and like John Ledyard, William Bartram, John James Audubon, John Muir, Herman Melville, Stephen Crane (one could go on naming others, from Clarence King to Ernest Hemingway or Jack Kerouac)—the artist-memoirist Rockwell Kent was a caroming

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pp. xix-xx

In this book is told the story of an actual voyage to Greenland in a small boat; of shipwreck there and of what, if anything, happened afterwards. Yet it may not be called the story of that adventure but rather one story of at least


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pp. xxi-xxii

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pp. 1-140

"And my son," said Arthur Allen drawing back his shoulders, tilting on his heels, clasping his hands to the blaze behind him, looking beyond me as if he were smiling at God—«and my son—is going to sail to

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pp. 141-186

West Greenland, mountainous and wild. A raging storm; cold rain in torrents from low hanging clouds. Streams pouring down the mountain side are turned to vapor by the gale; and the whole face...

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pp. 187-246

It is but an hour or two before midnight and I am sitting on a hill above the little settlement of Godthaab. The sun has nearly set and the red beauty of its light is on the land.
I look over the rolling grassy hills of the foreground, at the stark mountains towering at my back; I look over the calm...


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pp. 247-281

About the Author

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E-ISBN-13: 9780819572073
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819552921

Page Count: 303
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 808346277
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  • Greenland -- Description and travel.
  • Direction (Yacht).
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