Miles Harvey





Miles Harvey

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Harvey is an American journalist and author who writes for Outside Magazine, and whose national and international bestseller, The Island of Lost Maps, was named one of the top ten books of 2000 by USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times.

An adventure-seeker with a passion for exploration and discovery, Harvey won a 2004-2005 Illinois Arts Council Award for prose and a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2009, he will begin teaching creative writing at DePaul University in Chicago.

Publishers Weekly says his latest book, Painter In A Savage Land, "hits the sweet spot for both adventure buffs and history fans."


Average rating: 3.68 · 1,855 ratings · 301 reviews · 28 distinct works · Similar authors
The Island of Lost Maps: A ...
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,640 ratings — published 2000 — 16 editions
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How Long Will I Cry?
4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Painter in a Savage Land: T...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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Look What Came from Japan
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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Look What Came from Russia
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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Look What Came from Mexico
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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Look What Came from Ireland
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Look What Came from China
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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The Drought
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2012
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Look What Came from France
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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“What a vapid job title our culture gives to those honorable laborers the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians variously called Learned Men of the Magic Library, Scribes of the Double House of Life, Mistresses of the House of Books, or Ordainers of the Universe. 'Librarian' - that mouth-contorting, graceless grind of a word, that dry gulch in the dictionary between 'libido' and 'licentious' - it practically begs you to envision a stoop-shouldered loser, socks mismatched, eyes locked in a permanent squint from reading too much microfiche. If it were up to me, I would abolish the word entirely and turn back to the lexicological wisdom of the ancients, who saw librarians not as feeble sorters and shelvers but as heroic guardians. In Assyrian, Babylonian, and Egyptian cultures alike, those who toiled at the shelves were often bestowed with a proud, even soldierly, title: Keeper of the Books. - p.113”
Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

“He was blessed with the sort of intense curiosity that most of us experience so infrequently it often seems to come as a surprise. I’m not talking about the kind of curiosity that INVITES but about the kind that DEMANDS, not about the kind that says I WONDER but the kind that says I MUST KNOW. The kind that makes you immerse yourself in a subject, ponder it over and over until you are able to make sense of it for others and, in so doing, give your own life new meaning in some small way. Under such a spell, humans can accomplish the extraordinary.”
Miles Harvey

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