The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd: Kafarowski, Joanna
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The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd

Author(s): Kafarowski, Joanna

Copyright: 2017, Canada
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.367, 90 bw photos, 2 bw illus, 11 bw maps, appendix, wraps
Condition: new

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. Boyd became the first woman to fly over the North Pole. She wrote two books on her Greenland expeditions, both scholarly works published by the American Geographical Society.

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