A command of vivid, forceful English

“If I said that any chapter was simply the transcription of notes taken down from Shackleton’s dictation, I should be telling an untruth. If I said that any chapter was entirely mine, I should be telling an untruth. My work was complementary to his. I could say that Shackleton had a remarkable gift of literary suggestion… and that when his interest was stirred at critical portions of his narrative, he had a command of vivid, forceful English… Shackleton and I understood each other thoroughly.”

ā€” Edward Saunders, ghostwriter for The Heart of the Antarctic, 1909

Online version available at archive.org.

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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