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They Married Adventure: The Wandering Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson

They Married Adventure: The Wandering Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson

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Martin and Osa Johnson thrilled American audiences of the 1920s and 30s with their remarkable movies of far-away places, exotic peoples, and the dramatic spectacle of African wildlife. Their own lives were as exciting as the movies they made--sailing through the South Sea Islands, dodging big game at African waterholes, flying small planes over the veldt, taking millionaires on safari.

Osa Johnson's ghostwritten autobiography, I Married Adventure, became a national bestseller. The 1939 film version was billed as "the story of World Exploration's First Lady, whose indomitable daring would be stayed by neither snarling lion nor crouching leopard, tropic tempest nor savage tribesman!" Heroes to millions, Osa and Martin seemed to embody glamor, daring, and the all-American ideal of self-reliance.

Probing beneath the glamor of the Johnsons' public image, Pascal and Eleanor Imperato explore the more human side of the couple's lives--and ways the Johnsons shaped, for better and for worse, America's vision of Africa. Drawing on many years of research, access to a wealth of letters and archives, interviews with many who worked closely with the Johnsons, and their own deep knowledge of Africa, the authors present a fascinating and intimate portrait of this intrepid couple.

Author: Pascal James Imperato
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Published: 03/01/1999
Pages: 350
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.34lbs
Size: 8.94h x 5.95w x 0.98d
ISBN: 9780813526959

About the Author
Pascal James Imperato credits his own interest in Africa to reading the Johnsons' books while he was still a teenager. He edited Osa Johnson's Last Adventure (1966). His fourteen popular and scholarly books include Bwana Doctor, A Wind in Africa, Medical Detective, and African Folk Medicine. Eleanor M. Imperato is a historian with a special interest in Americans' sources of knowledge about Africa; she is co-author of the standard history of Mali.

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