Dr. Joanna Kafarowski is a geographer and lecturer who has worked with Indigenous communities across the Arctic. She undertook ten years of research into Boydâ€™s life in archives and museums across North America and Europe. Like Miss Boyd, she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers. Joanna lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame
The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd â€” the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century.
Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New Yorkâ€™s distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was raised during a glittering era. She was presented at the British royal court, and travelled in genteel style from one dazzling capital to another.
After inheriting a staggering family fortune while only in her thirties, she began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the late 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic Ocean. Over the next three decades, she achieved international notoriety as a rugged and audacious polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading philanthropist and society woman. Yet despite organizing, financing, and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.