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The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory -- SIGNED By Author, Peter Gillman

Gillman, Peter / Gillman, Leni

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ISBN 10: 089886741X / ISBN 13: 9780898867411
Published by The Mountaineers Books, U.S.A., 2000
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Hard Cover -- Good -- SIGNED by author -- Other than several pages with underlining/marginalia, book and dust jacket show only light wear -- 287 pages with index and sections of photography -- Stated First North American Edition with no prior printing and original price present. Bookseller Inventory # 315484

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Title: The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George ...

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Investigative reporter Peter and outdoor writer Leni, husband and wife, journeyed through Tibet, retracing the steps of Mallory's 1921 Everest reconnaissance expedition. They draw also on newly discovered letters and documents, and reminiscences of his children to explore the youthful radical socialist and teacher of Robert Graves, his entanglements with the Bloomsbury set, his homosexual infatuation,. and other aspects. They reveal the true identity of Stella, the mysterious women whose letter was in his pocket when his body was found high on Everest in May 1999. No one knows whether he made it to the top in 1924. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


In 1924, a 37-year-old English schoolmaster and war veteran named George Mallory bid farewell to his beloved wife and children and went off to Tibet, where he intended to climb the north face of Mount Everest, a feat that had never been achieved. He was warned that the approach might not be attainable--and that, in any event, humans might not be able to survive at such altitudes without oxygen. But in that fine British spirit of dauntlessness, Mallory pressed on all the same, and he and his novice companion Andrew Irvine did not survive.

When Mallory's frozen body was found on the high slopes of Everest in 1999, it touched off a wave of interest in the question of whether he had reached the top before falling to his death--which, if so, would unseat Edmund Hillary's 1953 expedition as the first to summit. Peter and Leni Gillman, themselves mountaineers, hint that he did, drawing on evidence that is at best circumstantial but compelling all the same. Their interest in this biography, however, is to provide a more complete picture of Mallory as a man of his time, who was a familiar among the Bloomsbury set of writers, a loving husband and father, an accomplished scholar and teacher, and a modest hero who, though not technically the best climber of his time, never refused a challenge. The Gillmans acquit themselves in this task very well, and they offer a fascinating reconstruction of what they imagine to be Mallory's last moments on earth. Their book makes a fine companion to Conrad Anker and David Roberts's The Lost Explorer and David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld's Last Climb. --Gregory McNamee

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