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Russell A. Potter

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CollectionsYour library (1,535), Favorites (3), All collections (1,535)

Reviews25 reviews

TagsArctic (382), Fiction (270), Exploration (148), First Edition (148), Sir John Franklin (127), Cultural studies (123), Victorian (105), Signed (80), Medieval (74), Poetry (73) — see all tags

MediaNot set (9), Book (1,524), Paper Book (1,514), Ebook (2), Other (2)

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About meMy main collecting interest is in nineteenth-century Arctic exploration, particularly the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. I was a presenter in the 2005 NOVA episode, "Arctic Passage," and have lectured on the Arctic in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Britain. My book, Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875, was published in 2007 by the University of Washington Press. In November of 2011, my first novel, PYG: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig, was published by Canongate in the UK; the US edition from Penguin came out in the summer of 2012, and it's been translated into Swedish, Turkish, and Italian. In 2016, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search was published by McGill-Queen's UP, chronicling the Franklin search from its beginnings to the discovery of HMS Erebus in 2014.

About my libraryArctic books, an eclectic array of fiction, and history generally. I collect the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Detective fiction, books about Scotland Yard, the history of film and television, Dickens and Victorian literature generally, Magick and occultism, Gnosticism, Early English Bibles, the Irish Literary Renaissance, and the works of Ursula K. Le Guin and Steven Millhauser.

GroupsAnglophiles, Canadian Literature, Edgar A. Poe, English History - Tudor through Edwardian, Irish & Celtic Studies, It's a LondonThing, Medieval Europe, North and South Poles, Other People's Libraries, Travel and Exploration literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Richard D. Altick, Margaret Atwood, John Franklin Bardin, Lynda Barry, L. Frank Baum, Robin Black, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Mary Cappello, Geoffrey Chaucer, J. M. Coetzee, Babette Cole, Wilkie Collins, David Cressy, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Umberto Eco, Larry Feign, Paul Di Filippo, Dominique Fortier, Peter Freuchen, Rosemary Marangoly George, Alasdair Gray, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kenn Harper, Kari Herbert, Lee Jackson, Shirley Jackson, Ricky Jay, Huw Lewis-Jones, Lucian, Patrick Madden, Winsor McCay, Steven Millhauser, Lawrence Millman, Ryu Mitsuse, James Morrison, Toni Morrison, Sten Nadolny, Friedrich Nietzsche, Flann O'Brien, Milorad Pavić, Edgar Allan Poe, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, France Rivet, W. Gillies Ross, Brett Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes, Robert Scholes, Gil Scott-Heron, E. C. Segar, James Stephens, J. R. R. Tolkien, Amos Tutuola, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Colson Whitehead, Glyn Williams, John Wilson, J. Zornado (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBookends, Cellar Stories Bookstore, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Paper Nautilus Books (Formerly Myopic Books), Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc., Powell's City of Books (Portland), Symposium Books

Favorite librariesBodleian Library, Oxford University - Radcliffe Camera, Brown University - John Hay Library, Case Western Reserve University - Kelvin Smith Library, Cleveland Public Library - Main, National Library of Ireland, Providence Athenaeum, Rhode Island College Library, Scott Polar Research Institute Library, The Mitchell Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library

Other favoritesColin Bull Polar Books

Favorite publishersCanongate Books, McFarland, McGill-Queen's University Press


Real nameRussell A. Potter

LocationProvidence, RI

Account typepublic

URLs /profile/rapotter (profile)
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Member sinceFeb 21, 2011

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