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Frank Katherine A Voyager Out The Life of Mary Kingsley Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1986Katherine Franks novel A Voyager Out tells the life story of Mary Kingsley She talks of her childhood her young adult life and her traveling life She wanted to tell the world what this woman explorer did for Africa Mary Kingsley had a famous family many of whom were writers Mary herself wrote two books In her books however she leaves out a lot about her life A lot of what Katherine Frank had discovered came from Marys letters to friends while traveling Some people who were the recipients of her letters found it odd that she put so much into her correspondences In one case she wrote a ten-page letter to a friend His response to her was that she was wasting many of her good stories that could be published on a letter Her response was to write him a six-page letter She loved writing She also loved her voyages to Africa Part of Mary Kingsleys reason for loving her travel abroad came from her childhood life Mary was born the daughter of a high-class man and his cook George Kingsley was a writer and came from a family of writers He did not produce much however He left a lot of his works unfinished and many others unstarted Because he did not do much in his lifetime it has been said that his greatest gift to the world was his daughter Her mother Mary Bailey was the innkeepers daughter Four days after her father and mother were married Mary Kingsley was born If her father had not married her mother Mary would have been bastard child of a destitute domestic Mary would have only been able to lead a life of servitude herself Oddly enough though most of her young life was lead in servitude Mary lived a long life of isolation During her adolescent years her mother
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