Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure

Edward Hoagland (Author) Howard Frank Mosher (Foreword by)
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Arcade Publishing
Publish Date
April 01, 2012
6.2 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Edward Hoagland: Edward Hoagland has written more than twenty books in sixty years, including travel memoirs (Alaskan Travels--Arcade 2012, 2013), essay collections, and novels. He worked in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus while attending Harvard, and later traveled the world from Yemen to Antarctica to Assam, writing for national magazines such as Harper's and Esquire. He has received numerous literary awards, and taught at ten colleges and universities. A native New Yorker, he now divides his time between Martha's Vineyard and a farmhouse in the mountains of northern Vermont.
Howard Frank Mosher (1942-2017) is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Northern Borders and Disappearances, both made into major motion pictures. Mosher received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the New England Book Award, and the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association's President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Born in the Catskill Mountains, Mosher lived in Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom, God's Kingdom, for all of his adult life.


The best essayist of my generation. --John Updike
Hoagland has captured the restless adventuresomeness of our frontiersmen, and the riot of nature in its unspoiled glory. --John Irving
Alaskan Travels is much more than a travel book. It is the chronicle of a love affair, with a powerful landscape and a powerful woman- a wonderful double portrait. --Paul Theroux
One of the very best writers of his generation. --Saul Bellow
A writer born, a writer obsessed. --Alfred Kazin
Edward Hoagland is a strong, solid writer with a splendid feel for the intricacy, queerness and stubborn pertinacity of life. He is also, so far as i know, the best essayist working in our perishing republic. --Edward Abbey
Hoagland's genius is being in touch with both the natural world and his own life... He is that rare animal, an unpedantic essayist, and like his greatest predecessors he has found a way to turn self-consciousness into a fine art. --Paul Theroux
No contemporary essayist sifting through his own experience can match the unadomed clarity of Hoagland's voice. --The Los Angeles Times
Edward Hoagland is a natural. His essays flow like running water, pure and clear. --Studs Terkel
Literally, we are plunged and immersed in the Yukon or Yemen or Belize and made not only to experience it and hear about it but to absorb and understand it. --Wallace Stegner
The Thoreau of our time, an essayist so personal, so sharp-eyed and deep-sighted, so tender and tough, lyrical and elegiac, as to transmute a simple stroll into a full-blown mystical experience. --Washington Post Book World
He's at his best...when he circles a subject from many vantage points, teasing and digressing, piling up gorgeously angled syntaxes and frank admissions...hallmarks of a true essayist... it's good to have this courageous account...contemplating the landscape of old age and mortality. --Phillip Lopate, The New York Review of Books (of Sex and the River Styx)
...The best book to date by a writer I regard as one of America's very best, and quite possibly its most original, since Thoreau himself. --Howard Frank Mosher from his foreword to Alaskan Travels
Hoagland inserts historical facts about the towns and cities he visited, and he provides plenty of appealing natural descriptions of a wondrous landscape. A pleasing combination of personal essays and reflections, a love story and a naturalist's view of one of the last unspoiled lands. --Kirkus Reviews

Hoagland has captured the restless adventuresomeness ofour frontiersmen, and the riot of nature in its unspoiled glory.

--John Irving
To read two pages of Hoagland at random is to know immediately that you are in the hands of a supremely tough-minded man and a man of perfect honesty.