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The Journals of Robert Falcon Scott 


The Journals of 
Robert F. Scott 


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The Journals of Robert Falcon Scott 


Vol. 1 of ‘Scott's Last Expedition’ 


Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the Antarctic Pole in 1911 is part triumph, part 
tragedy — but also a mythic adventure story which has inspired books, articles, and 
films over the generations. As so often in such cases the ‘truth’ of the explorers’ 
experiences (and there were many important figures in the party besides Scott) is 
much more rich, varied, and fascinating than the boy scout stereotype. Few know for 
example how much time during the many months of the journey were spent in 
scientific researches which remain of huge value to this day. But what comes across 
most vividly in Scott’s fascinating and finally very moving diary account is the 
complexity of the man and his closest comrades who reached the Pole fatally too 
late (the Norwegian Amundsen has beaten them to it by many weeks), then died 
trekking home, facing tortuous weather conditions, dwindling food supplies, and that 
gnawing, bitter sense of defeat. Ironically Robert Falcon Scott is now far more 
famous than Amundsen: his triumph secured by history and by myth. For if Scott 
was finally an imperfect explorer, he was the perfect author of his own amazing tale. 


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Cover image: Scott, Oates, Evans and Wilson with Amundsens Polheim-Tent, January 18, 1911. 
Cover designed by Availle. This design is in the public domain. 





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