West with the Night
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West with the Night
Beryl Markham
Biography & Memoir
Jul 29, 2018
When pioneer aviator Beryl Markham completed the first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic in 1936, her achievement was greeted with great fanfare. In 1942, she published West with the Night, the first-person account of her life and accomplishments in British East Africa—hunting with natives as a girl, training racing horses as a young woman, becoming a bush pilot and carrying mail, passengers, and supplies to the remote corners of the Sudan, Tanganyika, and Kenya—which culminates in her description of that historic transatlantic trip. The book, too, was greeted with acclaim, notably from Ernest Hemingway, who wrote, in a letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, “she has written so . . . marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer.”
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Apr 7
A delightful and well written book about a charmed life.
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