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My Arctic Journal: A Year Among Ice-Fields and Eskimos
Wife of self-proclaimed North Pole discoverer Robert Edwin Peary, Josephine Peary was the first woman apart from the Inuit to take part in an Arctic expedition. My Arctic Journal, unavailable for nearly a century, is Peary's memoir of the time she spent, from June of 1891 to August of 1892, accompanying her husband and his exploration party across the northernmost expanses ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 25th 2002 by Cooper Square Press
(first published January 1893)
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My Arctic Journal. 1892, by Josephine Diebitch-Peary. Mrs. Peary, the young wife of the famous Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary, accompanies her husband on a dangerous, year long expedition to explore northern Greenland. While her husband's expeditionary party treks far off into the interior, the majority of her time is spent alone at camp near a small, remote, previously undiscovered Eskimo community. Her journal, despite being flat, detached and generally poorly written, provides important, nev ...more
I found this absolutely fascinating. Josephine was a brave woman and an interesting one, but she was very prejudiced against the 'Eskimos' (Inuit people) who she dismissed as ignorant savages. The book gives a picture of a complex and interesting woman and her difficult and lonely marriage.
I read a free epub version, I believe from archive.org, which had some formatting issues but was mostly readable and quite enjoyable. It was nice to read a travelogue from a female perspective -- I'm not sure how many Arctic adventure and travel books there are from a female perspective, actually, so this is a great place to start. She talks more about the domestic side of the adventure, of course, since it was 1891-92, and her duties lay mainly in household concerns, but it gives a great insigh ...more