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Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska

Rockwell Kent

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Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska — Memoir of the fall and winter painting and exploring with his eldest son – also Rockwell – on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, Alaska

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. . .The Tree Dwellers,” “The Cave Dwellers,” “The Sea People,” etc. “Pacific Coast Tide Table” “Thus Spake Zarathustra” “The Book of the Ocean” “Albrecht Dürer” (A Short Biography) “Wilhelm Meister” Nansen’s “In Northern Mists”

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In the center of the right-hand wall is a small low window and beneath it the dining table. Right at the door where we stand, to our left, is the sheet-iron Yukon stove and behind it another food-laden shelf. A new floor of broad unplaned boards is under our feet, a wooden platform—it is a bed—stands in the left-hand corner by the stove. Clothes hang under the shelves; pots and pans upon the wall, snowshoes and saws; a rack for plates in one place, a cupboard for potatoes and turnips behind the door—the cellar it may be called; the trunk for a seat, boxes for chairs, one stool for style; axes here and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Something different, but extremely worthwhile. I bought this on the recommendation of the Alaska museum staff while in Anchorage - otherwise it would not have captured my attention or interest. Long before the modern era of the modern graphic novel, long before Alaska was a state, and far from ur...more

3.5 stars (liked it)

"The still, deep cup of the wilderness ispotent with wisdom."

A simply written and heartfelt diary of Artist, Rockwell Kent, who, with his 9-year-old son, spend August 1918 - March 1919 settled in a primitive cabin on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, Alaska from where they emb...more

Engaging account of American artist Rockwell Kent's winter on Fox Island, Alaska with his young son through the winter of 1918-1919. His vivid descriptions of days that were a mix of hard work, creative pursuits, housekeeping, exploration and adventure - all set in the wild beauty and power of th...more

Rockwell Kent was a well known American landscape painter of the early 20th century. I happen to love his artwork. His Alaskan landscapes are known for the vivid color choices.

This book though is Kent’s diary from the winter of 1918 when he and his young son took up residence on Fox Island in Al...more

It was quite different from my regular reads. It talked about a man and his son who travelled to Alaska away from the WW1. They dreamed about living simple life in wilderness. And they found an old man who lived on an isolated island with two goats and foxes. They move to his unused goat stable a...more

Wild earth as self, as reflection.

The copy I read came from the library and was printed in 1930. I enjoyed even the feel of the torn edge paper. The woodblock prints were beautiful.

In 1918 Kent, illustrator among other things of the most beautiful edition of Moby-Dick, spent six months roughing it on Fox Island in Alaska's maritime wilderness with his 9-year-old son, Rockwell III. This book, adapted from his journal entries, is, mostly on account of Rockwell III, quite poss...more

This is a journal that Rockwell Kent kept of his sojourn in Fox Island, Alaska, for 7 months, from August 1918 to March 1919. He had gone there in a last ditch effort to save his career, find his art, as it were, along with his 9 year old son, also named Rockwell. He chose Alaska because he "crav...more

Tāda jauka dienasgrāmatu par ziemošanu uz Lapsu salas Aļaskā. Nekāda stresa, nekādu varonīgu pārdzīvojumi, rakstnieks ar savu dēlu vienkārši dzīvo prom no civilizācijas. Ikdiena nav diez ko piepildīta - gleznošana, malkas zāģēšana, ēst gatavošana. Sarakstīta labā valodā.

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