Death and Dreams in the Arctic

books - general

  1. Michael F. Robinson, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (2006) [buy]

  2. Christopher P. Heuer, Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image (2019) [buy]

  3. Vanessa Heggie, Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology + Exploration (2019) [buy]

  4. Erling Kagge, Philosophy for Polar Explorers (2020) [buy]

  5. Jon Gertner, The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future (2019) [buy]

books - specific explorer/expedition

  1. Shane McCorristine, The Spectral Arctic: A History of Dreams and Ghosts in Polar Exploration (2018) [pdf]

  2. Alec Wilkinson, The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration (2011) [buy]

books - memoirs/diaries

  1. Fridtjof Nansen, Farthest North (orig. 1897) [buy]

  2. David Hempleman-Adams, At the Mercy of the Wind: Two Remarkable Journeys to the North Pole: A Modern Hero and a Victorian Romance (2001) [buy]


  1. Christopher Heuer, “A ‘different kind of wonder’", University of Rochester Newscenter [link]

  2. Christopher Heuer, “Nothing But Solitude”, Lapham's Quarterly [link]

Wendi Yan is an artist and researcher who is fascinated by the boundaries of ego, personhood and humanhood.

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