A Treasury of Mountaineering Stories, edited by Daniel Talbot.
Pp. xii, 337. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1954. Price, $5.00.
As the literature of mountaineering becomes richer with the ever broadening interest and participation in climbing, it is inevitable that new views and new material will evoke new anthologies. And, as in the past, each will have its special merits. Such is the case here, for this collection, edited by Daniel Talbot, is distinguished from other recent anthologies in that it includes only stories—“diversified mountaineering stories to be read for pleasure.” On the whole the selection is quite successful. The stories are certainly diversified and offer pleasant entertainment to readers of varied tastes. In character they range from narratives of actual occurrences to tales of imaginative realism, fantasy, and even burlesque. Moreover, the mountaineering aspects are for the most part recognizable to mountaineers.
Some of the stories are better than others. In what respect? I have endeavored to answer this question for myself and I offer the result for the benefit of those who like an argument. The ratings expressed in the following list are impressions, on the basis of 10 for the best in this particular collection.
Mountain eering Interest
Little Mother Up the Möderberg
The Great Match
A Petite Première in the Mont Blanc Massif
A Splendid Fellow
Climbing for Goats
Over the Mountain
Well, what is your opinion?
Francis P. Farquhar