Alfred Lansing

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Alfred Lansing (July 21, 1921 – August 27, 1975) was an American journalist and writer, best known for his book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (1959), an account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic explorations.[1]

Early career[edit]

Lansing was a native of Chicago, Illinois. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1940–46, where he received a Purple Heart, he enrolled at North Park College and later at Northwestern University, where he majored in journalism.[2] Until 1949 he edited a weekly newspaper in Illinois. Thereafter he joined the United Press and in 1952 became a freelance writer.[3]

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage[edit]

Lansing is best known for his book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, the account of the failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew to the South Pole in 1914. The book is named after the ship used by Shackleton, the Endurance, and it became a bestseller when it was first published in 1959. Whilst researching the book, Lansing spoke with ten of the expedition's surviving members and was granted access to the journals and personal diaries of eight others in order to get a more complete view of the expedition.[4] While he was writing Endurance, Lansing lived in Sea Cliff, Long Island, with his wife, Barbara, son Angus, and daughter, Holly.



  1. ^ Fresh Fiction web-site Last retrieved August 17, 2008
  2. ^ Alfred Lansing
  3. ^ Orion biog. of Lansing He also worked for the United Press International, Collier's Magazine, and the Reader's Digest. At the end of his career he became editor the weekly newspaper, The Bethel Home News, in Bethel, CT, where he worked until his death in August, 1975. He was very proud of his reputation as an "old, irascible, and cranky" editor who stood for right over might.Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine Last retrieved August 17, 2008
  4. ^ Powells Review Last retrieved August 17, 2008