Horizon Chasers : The Lives and Adventures of Richard Halliburton and Paul Mooney

Horizon Chasers : The Lives and Adventures of Richard Halliburton and Paul Mooney

Description

Richard Halliburton was the quintessential world traveler of the early 20th century. In 1930, his celebrity equaled that of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Halliburton called himself a ""horizon chaser,"" forwarding the idea that one should see the world before committing to a routine. Not only did he live up to his ideal, but he was eager to write about his adventures. A prolific partnership with gifted editor and ghost writer Paul Mooney produced excellent work and became a close personal relationship. Sadly, Halliburton and Mooney disappeared at sea on March 24, 1939, along with the entire crew of Halliburton's Chinese junk Sea Dragon, as they attempted to cross the Pacific. This biography records the life and adventures of Halliburton and Mooney, focusing - as no other Halliburton biography has - on the productive literary collaboration between the two. Drawing on the recollections of people who knew them both, the work discusses their backgrounds, the early years of their acquaintance, and their possible romantic relationship. Finally, their fateful journey to Hong Kong and the ill-advised voyage of the Sea Dragon is described in detail. A good deal of first-hand evidence is provided by William Alexander, Paul Mooney's best friend and designer of Halliburton's Laguna Beach house. Appendices contain seven poems by Mooney and a series of letters, including one of praise written by Richard Halliburton to William Alexander. Never-before-published photographs are also included.


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Details

Author(s)
Gerry Max
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
154.69 x 227.33 x 17.53mm | 435.45g
Publication date
01 Mar 2007
Publisher
McFarland & Co Inc
Publication City/Country
Jefferson, NC, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0786426713
ISBN13
9780786426713
Bestsellers rank
2,575,020