Raymond Murray Patterson (1898-1984)

  • George J. Luste
Keywords: Biographies, Expeditions, Explorers, History, Patterson, Raymond Murray, 1898-1984, Travels, Alberta, British Columbia, N.W.T., South Nahanni River, Stikine River, Alaska/British Columbia


R.M. Patterson is recognized by many as one of the finest writers on the Canadian wilderness. While his writing skills earned him a wide and appreciative audience, he was more than a skilled wordsmith. He was also a careful and sympathetic observer, an intrepid explorer and a meticulous historian. Orville Prescott, in the New York Times, described his "Dangerous River as a modest book which betrays no indication that Mr. Patterson realizes what a remarkable man he is." ... He published five books over a span of 14 years: Dangerous River (1954), Buffalo Head (1961), Far Pastures (1963), Trail to the Interior (1966) and Finlay's River (1968). ...
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