Wanderers and Wonderers

What I Read (and Am Re-Reading), and More

Bali (1998-23 June 2013)

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — I try to study for my bibliographic exam despite the help of Bali, who had other ideas on how I should spend my time.

MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—The list of references below formed the basis of one of two literature reviews I conducted in the Spring of 2013 for my dissertation prospectus. My dissertation committee member Dr. Elizabeth Hodges guided me in the development, reading, and preliminary analysis of environmental and exploration narratives on the list.

The list spans a millennium, from the Saga of Eric the Red at the end of the 10th century through Mike Tidwell’s 21st century depiction of the Louisiana’s endangered coast in Bayou Farewell. Types of narratives included first-person accounts of expeditions, personal meditations on humanity’s relationship with nature, and scientific and journalistic investigations of environmental issues. Geographically, the narratives chosen spanned the globe from the pole to pole, in environments ranging from deserts to tropical forests to the deepest parts of the ocean.

While one goal was to study the development and diversity of storytelling techniques among all these narratives, I am also using these texts as models of one of the central concepts of my dissertation, that the environmental scientist or writer is as much a participant in nature as he or she is an observer of it.

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The list below is evolving from its original conception as a guide for a literature review for my dissertation prospectus in that I have chosen to add relevant readings that I already know of or that I may learn of over time. No readings from the original list have been removed, but alternate editions/versions may be substituted from what I originally read.

To make it easier for readers to follow the changes, I use the following typological conventions:

Red, strikethrough type like this indicates an an original edition/version on the list that has been substituted with another edition/version. [The reference to the new edition/version will appear in normal type in brackets.]

Bold red type like this indicates a substitute edition/version of an original reading.

Bold blue type like this indicates a reading added to the list.

Here’s the list:

10th Century

“The Saga of Eric the Red.” 1906. Translated by Arthur Middleton Reeves. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 14-44. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

11th Century

“The Vinland History of the Flat Island Book.” 1906. Translated by Arthur Middleton Reeves. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 45-66. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

12th Century

Benjamin of Tudela. 1840. The Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela. Edited and translated by A. Asher. Vol. I. Text,  Bibliography, and Translation, London: A. Asher & Co. [See the Marcus Nathan Asher translation.]

Benjamin of Tudela. 1907. The Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela. Critical Text, Translation and Commentary by Marcus Nathan Asher. New York: Philipp Feldheim. Reprint: Gloucester, United Kingdom: Dodo Press, 2007. [Substitution for A. Asher Translation.]

13th Century

Polo, Marco. 1926. The Travels of Marco Polo. Edited by Martin Komroff. Translated by William Marsden. New York: Boni & Liveright Publishing Co.

14th Century

Ibn Battutah. 2002. The Travels of Ibn Battutah. Edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith. Translated by Hamilton A.R. Gibb and Charles Beckingham. London: Picador.

15th Century

de las Casas, Bartolomé. 1906. Narrative of the Third Voyage of Columbus as Contained in Las Casas’s History. Translated by John Boyd Thacher. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 315-366. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. [Added reading.]

Chanca, Diego Alvarez. 1906. “Letter of Dr. Chanca on the Second Voyage of Columbus.” Translated by R.H. Major. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 279-313. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. [Added reading.]

Columbus, Christopher. 1906. “Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus.” Translated by Clements Markham. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 87-258. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Ma Huan. 1970. Ying-yai Sheng-Lan (The Overall Survey of the Ocean’s Shores [1433]). Translated by J.V.G. Mills. London: Hakluyt Society. Reprinted Bangkok, Thailand: White Lotus Press, 1997. [Added reading.]

16th Century

de Castañeda de Nájera, Pedro, Franciso Vásquez de Coronado, Antonio de Mendoza, and Juan Camilo Jaramillo. 1904. The Journey of Coronado, 1540-1542: From the City of Mexico to the Grand Canon of the Colorado and the Buffalo Plains of Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska. Edited and translated by George Parker Winship. New York: A. S. Barnes & company. [See “The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado, by Pedro de Castañeda.”]

Columbus, Christopher. 1906. “Letter of Columbus on the Fourth Voyage.” Translated by R.H. Major. In The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen. Edited by Julius E. Olson and Edward Gaylord Bourne. Original Narratives of Early American History, 385-418. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. [Added reading.]

de Espejo, Antonio. 1906. “Account of the Journey to the Provinces and Settlements of New Mexico, 1583.” Translated by Herbert Eugene Bolton. In Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542-1706. Edited by Herbert Eugene Bolton. Original Narratives of Early American History, 163-95. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

“Discovery of Florida.” 1922. Translated by Buckingham Smith. In Narratives of the Career of Hernando De Soto in the Conquest of Florida: As Told by a Knight of Elvas, and in a Relation by Luys Hernández De Biedma, Factor of the Expedition, edited by Edward Gaylord Bourne, 3-223. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co. [See “The Narrative of the Expedition of Hernando de Soto, by the Gentleman of Elvas.]

Hariot, Thomas. 2007. A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. Edited by Paul Royster. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/etas/20/.

“The Narrative of Alvar Nuñez Cabeca de Vaca.” 1907. Translated by Buckingham Smith. In Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States 1528-1543, edited by Frederick W. Hodge, 1-126. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Reprinted Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association. [Added reading.]

“The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado, by Pedro de Castañeda.” 1907. Translated by George Parker Winship. In Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States 1528-1543, edited by Theodore H. Lewis, 273-387. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Reprinted Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1990. [Substitution for The Journey of Coronado.]

“The Narrative of the Expedition of Hernando de Soto, by the Gentleman of Elvas.” 1907. Translated by Buckingham Smith. In Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States 1528-1543, edited by Theodore H. Lewis, 127-272. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Reprinted Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1990. [Substitution for “The Discovery of Florida.”]

17th Century

Basho, Matsuo. 1967. The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches. Translated by Noboyuki Yuaso. New York: Penguin.

Dampier, William. 1968. Memoirs of a Buccaneer: Dampier’s New Voyage round the World ˜1607˜. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover. [Substitution for A New Voyage Round the World.]

Dampier, William. 1697. A New Voyage Round the World. London: James Knapton. [See Memoirs of a Buccaneer, by William Dampier.]

Joutel, Henri. 1714. A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform’d by Monsr. De La Sale, to the Gulph of Mexico, to Find out the Mouth of the Missisipi River. London: A. Bell, B. Lintott, and F. Baker.

Smith, John. 1907. “A Map of Virginia: With a Description of the Countrey, the Commodities, People, Government and Religion.” In Narratives of Early Virginia, 1606-1625. Edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. Original Narratives of Early American History, 75-204. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

18th Century

Cook, James. 2003. The Journals: Prepared from the Original Manuscripts by J.C. Beaglehole for the Hakluyt Society, 1955-67. Edited by Philip Edwards. London: Penguin.

Dampier, William. 1729. A Voyage to New Holland, &c. In the Year 1699. London: James and John Knapton. Reprinted, Gloucester, United Kingdom, 2009.

———. 1729. A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland, &c. In the Year 1699. London: James and John Knapton. Reprinted, Gloucester, United Kingdom, 2009.

Ledyard, John. 2005. The Last Voyage of Captain Cook: The Collected Writings of John Ledyard. Edited by James Zug Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Adventure Classics.

19th Century

Darwin, Charles. 2001. The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World. New York: The Modern Library.

von Humboldt, Alexander. 1995. Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent. Edited and translated by Jason Wilson. New York: Penguin Classics.

Lewis, Meriweather, and William Clark. 1953. The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Edited by Bernard De Voto Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Parkman, Francis. 1950. The Oregon Trail. Signet Classic. New York: The New American Library.

Powell, John Wesley. 1987. The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons. New York: Penguin.

Slocum, Joshua. 2005. Sailing Alone around the World. New York, Barnes & Noble Classics. [Added reading.]

Thoreau, Henry David. 1980. Walden and Civil Disobedience. Signet Classics. New York: The New American Library.

———. 1998. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. New York: Penguin.

Tizard, T.H., H.N. Moseley, J.Y. Buchanan, and John Murray. 1885. Narrative of the Cruise of H.M.S. Challenger, with a General Account of the Scientific Results of the Expedition. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-76 under the Command of Captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S., and the Late Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N. Edited by C. Wyville Thomson and John Murray London: Longmans.

Wallace, Alfred Russel. 1989. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

20th Century

Abbey, Edward. 1968. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. New York: Ballantine Books.

Beach, Captain Edward L. 1962. Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. [Added reading.]

Beston, Henry. 1971. The Outermost House. New York: Ballantine Books. [Added reading.]

Carson, Rachel. 1998. The Edge of the Sea. Boston: Mariner Books. [Added reading.]

Carson, Rachel. 2002. Silent Spring. Fortieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Mariner.

Cherry-Garrard, Apsley. 1997. The Worst Journey in the World. New York: Caroll & Graf.

Chichester, Sir Francis. 1968. Gipsy Moth Circles the World. New York: Coward-McCann. [Added reading.]

Cousteau, Jacques-Yves, and Frédéric Dumas. 2004. The Silent World. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Adventure Classics.

Dillard, Annie. 1988. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. New York: Perennial Library.

Douglas, Marjorie Stoneman. 1997. The Everglades: River of Grass. Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Sarasota, Fla.: Pineapple Press.

Georgi, Johannes. 1934. Mid-Ice: The Story of the Wegener Expedition to Greenland. Translated by F.H. Lyon. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. [Added reading.]

Kirwan, L.P. 1962. A History of Polar Exploration. Harmondsworth, U.K.: Penguin.

Leopold, Aldo. 1987. A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Special Commemorative Edition ed.  New York: Oxford University Press. [Added reading.]

Mawson, Douglas. 1998. The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

Nansen, Fridtjof. 1999. Farthest North: The Incredible Three-Year Voyage to the Frozen Latitudes of the North. Modern Library Exploration. Edited by Jon Krakauer New York: The Modern Library.

Roberts, David. 1991. “Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative.” In The Early Climbs: Deborah and The Mountain of My Fear, 15-203. Seattle: The Mountaineers. [Added reading.]

Safina, Carl. 1997. Song for the Blue Ocean. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Shackleton, Ernest. 1999. The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909. New York: Carroll and Graf.

Shipton, Eric. 1985. “Blank on the Map.” In Eric Shipton: The Six Mountain-Travel Books, 153-303. Seattle: The Mountaineers. [Added reading.]

Teal, John M., and Mildred Teal. 1969. Life and Death of the Salt Marsh. Boston: Atlantic-Little, Brown. [Added reading.]

Tilman, H.W. 1983. “Two Mountains and a River.” In H.W. Tilman: The Seven Mountain-Travel Books, 511-659. Seattle: The Mountaineers. [Added reading.]

Union of Concerned Scientists. 1992. World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity. Accessed July 16, 2014. http://www.ucsusa.org/about/1992-world-scientists.html. [Added reading.]

Wegener, Else (ed.). 1939. Greenland Journey: The Story of Wegener’s German Expedition to Greenland in 1930-31 as Told by Members of the Expedition and the Leader’s Diary. Translated by Winifred M. Deans. London and Glasgow: Blackie & Son Ltd. [Added reading.]

21st Century

Brady, Ivan. 2003. The Time at Darwin’s Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History. Enthnographic Alternatives Book Series. Vol. 12, Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press. [Added reading.]

McClanahan, Tim R., and Joshua E. Cinner. 2011. Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change. New York: Oxford University Press. [Added reading.]

Schmidt, Susan. 2006. Landfall along the Chesapeake: In the Wake of Captain John Smith. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. [Added reading.]

Tidwell, Mike. 2003. Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast. New York: Vintage Departures.

Veron, J.E.N. 2008. A Reef in Time: The Great Barrier Reef from Beginning to End. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press. [Added reading.]

Fiction

Matthiessen, Peter. 1988. Far Tortuga. New York: Vintage.

2 thoughts on “What I Read (and Am Re-Reading), and More

  1. Chris Drinkwater

    I second Barry Greer’s endorsement of Tilman and Shipton (on the ASLE mailing list).

    Peter Matthiessen’s ‘The Snow Leopard’ is a great non-fictional exploration of outer and inner space – an exploration that is a spiritual quest.

    I’d really like to see Barry Lopez’s ‘Arctic Dreams’ on your list. As well as fantastically evoking Arctic landscape and culture, Lopez has a riveting chapter on the history of futile and ill-prepared efforts to navigate a Northwest Passage.

    Great blog! All the best with your research.

    Chris

    You can’t read everything, but Peter and Leni Gillman’s biography of George Mallory, ‘The Wildest Dream’, offers a compelling account of an iconic mountaineer. It won the Boardman Tasker prize in 2000. It occurs to me that for a pick of recent mountain literature you might check the website for a list of winners. Lot’s I haven’t read on there, and would like to!

  2. AbyssWriter Post author

    Excellent suggestions, Chris! I have both “Arctic Dreams” and “The Snow Leopard” somewhere. I’ll also look into “The Wildest Dream.”

    Thanks!

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