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The devil drives: a life of Sir Richard Burton

Author: Fawn McKay Brodie
Publisher: New York: W.W. Norton, ©1967.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton attempts to explain what drove the famous African explorer throughout his restless life.
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Biographie 1842-1849
Biographie
Named Person: Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Sir Burton; Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Burton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fawn McKay Brodie
OCLC Number: 900405
Description: 390 pages : illustrations, portraits; 25 cm
Responsibility: by Fawn M. Brodie.

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This biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton attempts to explain what drove the famous African explorer throughout his restless life.

So Richard Francis Burton, preparing for an exploration of the lower Congo in 1863, wrote to Monckton Milnes from the African kingdom of Dahomey. His answer, "the Devil drives," applies not only to his geographical discoveries but also to the whole of his turbulent life. Burton was a true man of the Renaissance. He was soldier, explorer, ethnologist, archaeologist, poet, translator, and one of the two or three great linguists of his time. He was also an amateur physician, a botanist, a geologist, a swordsman, and a superb raconteur. He penetrated the sacred Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina at great risk and explored the forbidden city of Harar in Somaliland. He searched for the sources of the White Nile and discovered Lake Tanganyika. Burton's passion was not only for geographical discovery but also for the hidden in man. His enormous erudition on the sexual customs of the East and Africa, long confined by the pruderies of his time, finally found expression in the notes and commentary to his celebrated translation of the unexpurgated Arabian Nights. -- Jacket.

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