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Stanley : the impossible life of Africa's greatest explorer

Author: Tim Jeal
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; 2007.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jeal, Tim.
Stanley.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; 2007
(OCoLC)608167878
Named Person: Henry M Stanley; David Livingstone; Léopold, King of the Belgians; Dorothy Stanley, Lady; Emin Pasha; Emin Pasha; Léopold, King of the Belgians; David Livingstone; Dorothy Stanley, Lady; Henry M Stanley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Jeal
ISBN: 9780300126259 0300126255 9780300142235 0300142234
OCLC Number: 154689070
Notes: "Published in 2007 in the United Kingdom by Faber and Faber" -- T.p. verso.
Maps: The search for Livingstone, 1871-1872 ; The great Trans-Africa journey, 1874-1877; Emin Pasha relief expedition, 1887-1889.
Description: xiii, 570 p., [23] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Dreams of love and freedom --
In the name of the father --
A terrible freedom --
An accident-prone apprenticeship --
War correspondent --
How are we to be married? --
The long-imagined quest --
'I cannot die!' --
Canonizing Dr Livingstone --
'Fame is useless to me' --
A destiny resumed --
Love and the longest journey --
The island of death --
'The great struggle with this mystery' --
'I hate evil and love good' --
A colony for a king --
A banquet in Paris --
After the slave raids --
Who stole the Congo? --
A pawn in great power politics --
'A kind of innocence' --
Why rescue Emin Pasha? --
A fateful decision --
The enigma of Emin Pasha --
'Evil hangs over this forest...' --
Keeping Emin Pasha's secret --
The shape of things to come... --
Dorothy's other love --
Was the Emin Pasha expedition piratical? --
Africa or a child --
An end to 'noble objects' --
Stanley, Leopold and the atrocities --
'Before it is too late.'
Responsibility: Tim Jeal.
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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.--From publisher description.

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