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Ambitions of Jane Franklin : Victorian Lady Adventurer (Reissue) (Paperback) (Alison Alexander)
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In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world, and was probably the best-traveled woman of her day. Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late 18th-century London, her marriage to Sir John Franklin, the famous Arctic explorer, and her many trips to far-flung locations. Arriving in Tasmania, Australia, in 1837, when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes; establishing a scientific society; adopting an Aboriginal girl; and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria. When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she single-handedly turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued traveling well into her 70s, and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.
Number of Pages: 294
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Alison Alexander
Street Date: November 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-6360
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