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Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa - who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific ...Show synopsisHenry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa - who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, remembered in the words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, none of these perceptions is quite true. The reality of Stanley's life - even by the exceptional standards of the Victorian age - is yet more extraordinary. Rejected by both parents at birth and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America, fought in the Civil War - on both sides - before becoming a journalist and then an explorer.Hide synopsis
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Publisher: New Haven [Conn. ]: Yale University Press
Description:1. pp. 570. Description: xiii, 570 p., 23 p. Of plates: ill. ...1. pp. 570. Description: xiii, 570 p., 23 p. Of plates: ill. (some col. ), maps; 24 cm. Subjects: Stanley, Henry Morton (1841-1904)--Livingstone, David (1813-1873)--Leopold II, King of the Belgians (1835-1909)--Explorers--Great Britain--Biography--Africa, Sub-Saharan--Discovery and exploration. Summary: We think of Stanley as a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo--and the journalist who conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume? " But these perceptions are not quite true, as biographer Jeal shows. With access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the extent to which Stanley's career and life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.
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Description:Large, very thick hardback. 496 pages, photos. * the tragic life...Large, very thick hardback. 496 pages, photos. * the tragic life of Henry Morton Stanley, the adventurer in the great age of exploration. Rejected by both parents at birth and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America, fought in the Civil War-on both sides-before becoming a journalist and then an explorer.
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