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Published on May 29, 2012
College of Charleston Italian professor Massimo Maggiari traveled to the arctic region and Gjoa Haven (Gjøahaven) to conduct first-hand research into Roald Amundsen, a polar explorer. He is researching what will be an anthropological biography as a follow-up to his 2001 book "Aurora Borealis."
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition (1910-12) to discover the South Pole in December 1911, and he was the first expedition leader to (undisputedly) reach the North Pole in 1926. He is also known as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage (1903-06). He disappeared in June 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission. Amundsen, along with Douglas Mawson, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Maggiari is the author of two books of poems: Terre Lontane/Lands Away (Introduction by G. Manacorda and Postscript by G. Conte, Campanotto, 1999) and Aurora Borealis (Introduction by T. Kemeny and Postscript by J. Marban, Agora, 2001). The first book received the Italo Alighiero Chiusano Award in Frascati, in 1999. The second book has received ample recognition in Italy and abroad. He was the winner of the 2001 edition of "La poesia incontra" (Rai 1) with a reading of poems dedicated to the explorer Roald Amundsen. Some of Professor Maggiari's poems have been published in Poetry Salzburg Review in Austria, Italian Studies in South Africa, in Chelsea and The Paterson Literary Review in the United States, and in Colophon and Fare Anima in Italy. Other poems have been included in The Argonauts (a poetry anthology) and in the conference proceedings Le Acque di Ermes/The Waters of Ermes and Altramarea. He has translated into English Egyptian and Finnish poets for the anthology Poetry in the World (Guanda, 2003) and translated into Italian poems by Robert Bly, Robinson Jeffers and Kathleen Raine.