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Eric Shipton


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 : Calcutta Statesman

'I slept most of the morning, and in the afternoon I lay in the sun and read copies of the Calcutta "Statesman " four months old, that Auden had brought for wrapping up geological specimens. I derived as much enjoyment from them as if they had been that morning's issue.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Newspaper


Edward Whymper : Travels among the Great Andes of the Equator

'But instead of learning to sail, I read Edward Whymper's "Travels among the Great Andes of the Equator". The author is better known for his "Scrambles among the Alps", but this came later in my education.[...] I have not read the book again but I still have the most vivid impressions of it: the climbing of Chimborazo [...] the night spent on Cotopaxi [...]'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


George D. Abraham : Swiss Mountain Climbs

'My early reading had been confined to the work of the pioneers, and in consequence it never occurred to me that big mountains coud be climbed without guides.[...] I had acquired a copy of Abraham's "Swiss Mountain Climbs" which set out in depressing detail the official tariffs of the great peaks, the study of which acted as a constant check on my ambitions.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


 : Hugo's Urdu

'The voyage took a month.[...] We had collected all the available literature about Nanda Devi, and before long we knew the whole story off by heart. I taught Tilman what little Urdu I knew, and then we spent a weary hour each morning supplementing this from Hugo.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


Margaret Mitchell : Gone with the Wind

'Our library too was a weighty affair. Shipton had the longest novel that had been published in recent years, Warren a 2,000-page work on physiology.[...] On Good Friday [...] the rest of us lay about, played chess or read the less technical portion of our curiously assorted library. This included "Gone with the Wind" (Shipton) "Seventeenth Century Verse" (Oliver), "Montaigne's Essays" (Warren), "Don Quixote" (self), "Adam Bede" (Lloyd), "Martin Chuzzlewit" (Smythe), "Stones of Venice" (Odell) and a few others. Warren,who rejoined us that day, besides his weighty tome on Physiology -in which there were several funny anecdotes if one took the trouble to look - had with him a yet weightier volume on the singularly inappropriate subject of Tropical Diseases.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


unknown : [books of natural history]

'Then came those old-fashioned books of natural history that dealt courageously with The Universe, illustrating it with quaint engravings of strange rock formations in the Hartz Mountains, the Mammoth caves in Kentucky, the Aurora Borealis, and the eruption of Mount Etna; always with little men armed with long staves, looking as though they themselves were responsible for the phenomena. But none of these were part of the school curricula.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


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