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A woman's place is at the top : a biography of Annie Smith Peck, queen of the climbers /

by Kimberley, Hannah [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: xvii, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781250084002; 1250084008.Subject(s): Peck, Annie S. (Annie Smith), 1850-1935 | Women mountaineers -- United States -- Biography | Mountaineering -- History | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women | SPORTS & RECREATION / Mountaineering | Biographies
Contents:
Providence -- The dangerous experiment -- Who ought to have been a boy -- Unmerited notoriety -- Search for the apex of America -- Almost, but not quite -- Born, not made -- It's just a walk -- Don't call me a woman climber -- You could not stop it if you would -- Uncommon glory.
Summary: Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. Peck gained fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn at the age of forty-five – not for her daring alpine feat, but because she climbed wearing pants. Fifteen years later, she was the first climber ever to conquer Mount Huascarán (21,831 feet) in Peru. In 1911, just before her sixtieth birthday, she entered a race with Hiram Bingham (the model for Indiana Jones) to climb Mount Coropuna. A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is the first full length work about this incredible woman who single-handedly carved her place on the map of mountain climbing and international relations. Peck marched in suffrage parades and became a political speaker and writer before women had the right to vote. She was a propagandist, an expert on North-South American relations, and an author and lecturer contracted to speak as an authority on multinational industry and commerce before anyone had ever thought to appoint a woman as a diplomat. With unprecedented access to Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, Hannah Kimberley brings Peck’s entire life to the page for the first time, giving Peck her rightful place in history.
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Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. Peck gained fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn at the age of forty-five - not for her daring alpine feat, but because she climbed wearing pants. Fifteen years later,she was the first climber ever to conquer Mount Huascarán (21,831 feet) in Peru. In 1911, just before her sixtieth birthday, she entered a race with Hiram Bingham (the model for Indiana Jones) to climb Mount Coropuna.

A Woman's Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is the first full length work about this incredible woman who single-handedly carved her place on the map of mountain climbing and international relations. Peck marched in suffrage parades and became a political speaker and writer before women had the right to vote. She was a propagandist, an expert on North-South American relations, and an author and lecturer contracted to speak as an authority on multinational industry and commerce before anyone had ever thought to appoint a woman as a diplomat. With unprecedented access to Peck's original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, Hannah Kimberley brings Peck's entire life to the page for the first time, giving Peck her rightful place in history.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-347).

Providence -- The dangerous experiment -- Who ought to have been a boy -- Unmerited notoriety -- Search for the apex of America -- Almost, but not quite -- Born, not made -- It's just a walk -- Don't call me a woman climber -- You could not stop it if you would -- Uncommon glory.

Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. Peck gained fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn at the age of forty-five – not for her daring alpine feat, but because she climbed wearing pants. Fifteen years later, she was the first climber ever to conquer Mount Huascarán (21,831 feet) in Peru. In 1911, just before her sixtieth birthday, she entered a race with Hiram Bingham (the model for Indiana Jones) to climb Mount Coropuna. A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is the first full length work about this incredible woman who single-handedly carved her place on the map of mountain climbing and international relations. Peck marched in suffrage parades and became a political speaker and writer before women had the right to vote. She was a propagandist, an expert on North-South American relations, and an author and lecturer contracted to speak as an authority on multinational industry and commerce before anyone had ever thought to appoint a woman as a diplomat. With unprecedented access to Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, Hannah Kimberley brings Peck’s entire life to the page for the first time, giving Peck her rightful place in history.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • 1 Providence (p. 3)
  • 2 The Dangerous Experiment (p. 27)
  • 3 She Ought to Have Been a Boy (p. 53)
  • 4 Unmerited Notoriety (p. 86)
  • 5 Search for the Apex of America (p. 115)
  • 6 Almost, but Not Quite (p. 154)
  • 7 Born, Not Made (p. 183)
  • 8 It's Just a Walk (p. 205)
  • 9 Don't Call Me a Woman Climber (p. 239)
  • 10 You Could Not Stop It If You Would (p. 267)
  • 11 Uncommon Glory (p. 306)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 325)
  • Notes (p. 329)

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Library Journal Review

Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) is the most accomplished woman most readers have never heard of. With this debut, Kimberley does an excellent job of situating Peck in her time and place, late 19th- and early 20th-century America. Peck grew up in Providence at a time when women were expected to follow a well-established path to wife and motherhood. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1878 and receiving her Master's degree in 1881, Peck spent a "wretched" two years teaching at Purdue before traveling to Europe to study and climb mountains. Peck decided to become a touring lecturer (following a brief tenure teaching at Smith College), giving talks across the United States about Greek history and archaeology as well as mountain climbing. She continued to lecture and write about her journeys throughout her life, bucking traditional roles by never marrying and traveling alone to foreign countries. Some of her major climbs included being the first woman to ascend Mt. Shasta in 1888, along with reaching the summits of Matterhorn, Illampu in Bolivia, and Huascarán in Peru. VERDICT Readers of adventure stories, women's history, and biographies will enjoy this well-researched book.-Margaret Atwater-Singer, Univ. of -Evansville Lib., IN © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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