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Flowers in the Snow: The Life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison

Biography / Memoir

By: Gwyneth Hoyle

282 pages, B/w photos

University of Nebraska Press

Paperback | Jun 2005 | #166683 | ISBN: 0803273444
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Hardback | Jun 2001 | #138551 | ISBN: 0803224036
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Over the course of a dozen years, Scottish plant collector Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889-1982) explored northern latitudes from the Lofoten Islands of Norway to the far reaches of the American Aleutians. To achieve her goals, she traveled by any means available, from rowboats in Greenland to trading schooners and coast-guard vessels in Alaska. When necessary, she journeyed by snowshoe or sled in pursuit of her botanical specimens, accompanied only by strangers who served as guides. In "Flowers in the Snow", Gwyneth Hoyle paints a vivid portrait of a woman gloriously out of the step with the conventions of her time.

A welcome tribute to a female pioneer.--Publishers Weekly "This is an engaging account of an independent and determined woman who risked danger, endured loneliness, and accepted many discomforts in the pursuit of her passion."--SciTech Book News "A meticulously researched and highly readable biography... Flowers in the Snow is a moving and carefully researched portrait of an intrepid and unconventional woman who bravely answered her personal call of the North."--Pacific Northwest Quarterly "With scientific curiosity, an unfailing competence in tight situations, and inborn modesty, [Hutchison] set high standards for those that followed. This richly told story of her accomplishments is long overdue."--John W. Lentz, Fellow, The Explorers Club


Contents: List of Illustrations List of Maps Preface Acknowledgments Introduction1 1. Carlowrie 2. The Search for Meaning 3. The Making of a Traveler 4. Through the Ice Belt 5. A Householder in Greenland 6. Unknown Island 7. Prelude to Adventure 8. Into the Ice 9. Prisoner on a Sandspit 10. By Dogsled to Aklavik 11. The Lure of Distant Horizons 12. To the Edge of the Western World 13. Around the World and Home Again 14. The Blessings of Friendship, the Curse of Old Age Appendix 1. The Literature of Travel and Adventure Appendix 2. Hutchison and Wylie Family Trees Appendix 3. Extract from Appendix of North to the Rime-Ringed Sun Notes Bibliography Index

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