Expeditions and Discoveries Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age

The shameless diary of an explorer

Additional Digital Items:
https://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.FIG:003939457
Creator/Contributor:
Dunn, Robert, 1877-1955, creator
Tower, Joseph Tuckerman, 1897-1931, former owner.
Creation Date:
1907
Place Of Origin:
New York (State)
New York
Publisher:
The Outing Pub. Co.
Description:
In 1903, aspiring journalist Robert Dunn joined an expedition attempting the first ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. Led by explorer Frederick Cook (who would later win infamy for faking the discovery of the North Pole), the climbers failed to conquer McKinley, but they did circumnavigate the great peak-an accomplishment not repeated until 1978. The trek also spawned a book unique in the literature of exploration: Dunn's frank, sardonic, no-holds-barred look at day-to-day existence on an Alaskan expedition. Before Dunn, most such accounts were sanitized and expurgated of anything unflattering. Dunn, however, a protege of the muckraker Lincoln Steffens, endeavored to report what he saw, with panache. And what Dunn reported was a journey rife with conflict, missed opportunity, incompetence, privation, and danger. By showing men reduced to their rawest state, the young journalist produced a compelling, insightful, and oddly amusing book that disturbed and riveted his contemporaries. As Hudson Stuck-the Episcopal archdeacon of the Yukon who completed the first ascent of Mt. McKinley in 1913-observed, "[Dunn's] book has a curious undeniable power, despite its brutal frankness. ... One is thankful, however, that it is unique in the literature of travel."
Extent:
viii, 297 p., [13] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill., maps. ; 19 cm.
Language:
English
Genre:
biography
Diaries.
Diaries
Digital Format:
Books and documents
Subjects:
Dunn, Robert--Diaries
Cook, Frederick Albert
Mountaineering expeditions--Alaska--McKinley, Mount
Denali, Mount (Alaska)
Alaska--Description and travel
Places:
United States--New York--New York
Notes:
"With illustrations from photographs by the author."
"Our aim was to reach the top of Mt. McKinley"--P. 11.
Author was a member of the Cook expedition.
Attribution:
by Robert Dunn.
Series:
Open Collections Program at Harvard University
Classification:
F912.M2 D9
Repository:
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Widener Library, Harvard University
Record ID:
990039394570203941
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/990039394570203941/catalog