By: Elina Shatkin
A gamine beauty with a fearless personality.
She loved waking up, quite alone, in a strange town.
She scaled mountains wearing forbidden trousers.
She developed a pathological aversion to her native England.
An astute proto-ethnologist attired in full Victorian garb.
“Ice does eerie things,” she said.
She was as complicated as the country she helped to found.
The two things she loved most: her husband and an exploding volcano.
“A woman whose life’s poetry never sank to prose.”
She married adventure, but made it her own.
“I am the sun, the star, the earl, the lion, the light from heaven and the Queen.”
The aviatrix who taught Amelia Earhart how to fly.
A tattooed, cigar-chomping, cross-dressing, knife-collecting speed demon.