Spufford - I may be some time
When Captain Scott died in 1912 on his way back from the
South Pole, his story became a myth embedded in the national
imagination. Everyone remembers the doomed Captain Oates's
last words: 'I'm just going outside, and I may be some time."
Now featuring a new epilogue, Francis Spufford's celebrated
and prize-winning history shows how Scott's death was the
culmination of a national enchantment with vast empty spaces,
the beauty of untrodden snow, and perilous journeys to the
end of the earth.
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