This fine biography of the seventeenth century explorer is a model for juvenile biographies -- accurate and exhaustive in...

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HUDSON OF HUDSON'S BAY

This fine biography of the seventeenth century explorer is a model for juvenile biographies -- accurate and exhaustive in research, informal and vigorous in style and with a healthy respect both for the subject and the alertness of the reader. The author -- who has done some exploring in the Arctic himself -- recreates, with sources of information he shares with the reader, Hudson's plans, geographical knowledge of the times, and the difficulties involved in his attempt to find a northwest passage to the Orient. Since the contemporary maps were fancifully inaccurate, and information, jealously guarded by competing nations, was hardly complete, Hudson as explorer lived in ""an age of great surprises"". The author follows closely the logs of Hudson's ships, reveals the jealousies on shipboard which were to be the cause of Hudson's death. However, in addition to telling the story of the four voyages, the author finds time to pack in some information shout

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951