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The Life Of Sir Richard Burton
by Thomas Wright
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Sir Richard Burton the famous traveller linguist and anthropologist—"the Arabian Knight"—"the last of the demi-gods"—has been very generally regarded as the most picturesque figure of his time and one of the most heroic and illustrious men that "this blessed plot . . . this England " this mother of heroes every produced.' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
From Ptolemy downwards writers and travellers had prayed for the unveiling of Isis, that is to say, the discovery of the sources of the Nile; but for two thousand years every effort had proved fruitless. Burning to immortalize himself by wresting from the mysterious river its immemorial secret, Burton now planned an expedition for that purpose.
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