Coronation Everest by Jan Morris

By Jan Morris

This vintage account bargains a breathtakingly intimate evocation of the main well-known of all hiking exploits - and of maybe the final nice outdated Fleet highway scoop.

'It was once Morris who broke the scoop British-led excursion had conquered Mount Everest the day sooner than the Queen's coronation in 1953 . . . Allied to actual braveness in getting down the mountain and a dogged resourcefulness in getting the scoop domestic, Morris scooped the realm and used to be introduced on the most striking literary careers within the moment half the twentieth century.' Guardian

'Exquisite, robust . . . i will contemplate no higher manner of commemorating British exploration's culminating triumph.' Simon Winchester

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The American edition of John Herschel’s Treatise on Astronomy, for example, appeared in . 26 The scientific discourses used in nonfictional works were the same as those used in fictional works, and it was this general delight in technical description and language that made American readers susceptible to hoaxes. ” Even after suspicions about the veracity of the moon stories spread in September , the Sun refused to admit publicly that it had pulled off an elaborate hoax at huge profit. Locke reputedly confessed his authorship of the hoax to a fellow journalist after that reporter applied to him for a full copy of the “original” text for his own paper.

Advertisement for Schenk’s Mandrake Pills Introduction In June  Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the NewYorkWorld, tried to capture the nation’s attention by staging an elaborate transportation-based stunt. He proposed sending a hot-air balloon westward from St. Louis; reporters at the newspapers he owned in both these cities would then keep readers captivated with mile-by-mile accounts of the journey. A cub reporter from Pittsburgh named Nellie Bly applied to Pulitzer to travel on the balloon, only to be rejected promptly.

The Balloon Hoax Poe’s response to the penny-paper world in  was characterized first by jealous defensiveness, then by aloof attack. Despite this posturing, nine years later Poe attempted to mimic and manipulate the very popular success he had criticized in , by writing another hoax and publishing it in, of all places, the New York Sun. Early in , Poe, finding himself in dire financial straits, had moved from Philadelphia to New York to seek new fortunes. Hoping to spark a public sensation and earn the wide audience  Narrating the News and public reputation that he simultaneously disparaged and craved, Poe attempted a large-scale hoax modeled on Locke’s earlier work.

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