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Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer…

Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer

by Frank McLynn

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Preface: Sir Henry Morton Stanley, greatest of the African explorers and one of the most fascinating of the late Victorian adventurers, has never received full biographical treatment. Neither Richard Hall's Stanley (1974) nor Frank Hird's H.M. Stanley: The Authorised Life (1935), the best of the biographies so far and the only ones to make use of Stanley's private papers, contains footnotes enabling the reader to check their treatment of the sources. Nor has any but a half-hearted attempt been made to probe the enigma of Stanley's psyche. Yet Stanley is surely a key figure in any history of European penetration of Africa.
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Celebrated explorer Henry M. Stanley, famous for capping off an expedition through central Africa with a greeting to Dr. Livingstone, led a life of bravery, dangerous risk, and fierce determination. Frank McLynn shows in his biography that Stanley's journeys along the length of the Congo River and around Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria revealed a disregard for life and a masochistic side. McLynn traces the roots of both the bravado and the savage behavior, beginning with the explorer's Dickensian childhood in a Welsh workhouse and culminating in his clashes with the Royal Geographic Society and the American newspaper magnate who financed Stanley's visit to Livingstone.

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley, greatest of African explorers, was one of the most fascinating late Victorian adventurers. Yet behind the public man lay a disturbed personality. A pathological liar with sadomasochistic tendencies, Stanley's achievements exacted a high human cost.… (more)

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