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“The first duty of the writer”

I’m reading The Worst Journey in the World, by this then-kid Apsley Cherry-Garrard who was on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s journey to the South Pole that didn’t go so well. Early 1900’s stuff. Almost everyone died so it’s a miracle this book exists. The reason it does, aside from having a writerly survivor, isn’t cryptic:

It is one of the main objects of this book to hand on a complete a record as possible of the methods, equipment, food and weights used by Scott’s Last Expedition for the use of future explorers. ‘The first object of writing an account of a Polar voyage is the guidance of future voyages; the first duty of the writer is to his successor.’

120 years later: