Peter Matthiessen

Name ID 387

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Turner, Myles My Serengeti Years
Page Number: 120
Extract Date: 1960's

Serengeti visitors

Among many memorable visitors were Charles Lindbergh, Senator Robert Kennedy, HRH Prince Philip on the occasion of Tanzania’s Independence in 1963, President Tito, the King and Queen of Denmark, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and many writers including William Tryron, Peter Matthiessen, Alan Moorehead, James Mitchener, and Robert Audrey.

Extract ID: 1329

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1972 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter The Tree Where Man Was Born


Extract ID: 3709

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1972 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter and Porter, Eliot The African Experience


Extract ID: 592

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1981 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter and van Lawick, Hugo Sand Rivers


Extract ID: 1068

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Matthiessen, Peter African Silences
Page Number: 218
Extract Date: 1987

refuel at Barafu Kopjes

In 1961, the Serengeti was my ultimate destination in East Africa; in the winter of 1969 it was my home. We land and refuel at Barafu Kopjes, a beautiful garden of huge pale granite boulders and dry trees, in the clear light, where years ago I accompanied George Schaller on long walks across the plain to learn how primitive humans might have fared in scavenging young, dead, or dying animals. The wind is strong in the black thorn of the acacia, and a band of kestrels, migrated from Europe, fill their rufous wings with sun as they lift from the bare limbs and hold like heralds against the wind on the fierce blue sky.

Then we are aloft again, on a course Northeast toward the Gol Mountains, in a dry country of giraffes and gazelles. Olduvai is a pale scar down to the south, in the shadow of the clouds of the Crater Highlands, and soon the sacred volcano called Ol Doinyo Lengai rises ahead, and in the deep hollow in the land that is Lake Natron, on the Kenya border. We will fly across Natron and the Athi Plain and be in Nairobi in an hour.

He travelled in 1961 and 1969 and stayed in and around the Serengeti, the Crater Highlands, and the Arusha National Park, writing the classic book "The Tree Where Man was Born"

Extract ID: 4290

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1991 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter African Silences


Extract ID: 595

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1992 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter & Frank, Mary (Illustrations) Shadows of Africa


Extract ID: 4567

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1995 Publishes: Matthiessen, Peter The Tree Where Man Was Born


Extract ID: 596
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