John Rae, Arctic Explorer

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The Unfinished Autobiography

John Rae, a Hudson’s Bay Company employee, is best known as the first European to reveal the fate of the Franklin Expedition, yet the range of Rae’s accomplishments is much greater. John Rae, Arctic Explorer is an annotated version of Rae’s unfinished autobiography. William Barr, a Senior Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, has extended Rae’s previously unpublished manuscript and completed his story based on Rae’s reports and correspondence—including reaction to his revelations about the Franklin Expedition.