Allen Counter said this about Dark Companion
1948 Matthew Henson was "rediscovered" by mainstream America
when author Bradley Robinson wrote a biography titled Dark Companion.
This marked the first time Americans were given a true picture of
the role Henson played in the polar discoveries of Robert Peary. Robinson,
the liberal son of a member of the Explorer's club, decided to write
Henson's story after learning of his crucial role in the conquest
of the Pole through extensive interviews and research. Published at
a time when American racial attitudes were becoming enlightened, the
book was well reviewed and became a big seller. Henson, now in his
eighties, suddenly found himself the object of much attention. Newspapers
and magazines interviewed him, and he made guest appearances on radio."
the authentic 1947 biography written with Matthew Henson. Author Bradley
Robinson spent many evenings in Matt's Harlem apartment listening
to his great Arctic adventures and writing down the details of his
life. Matt enjoyed the process of sharing his life with a biographer
and the two became friends. For the rest of his life Bradley Robinson
could only speak of Matt with sincere admiration and love.
Here is a free reading sample of Dark Companion Chapter
one. This 15 page beginning to Matt's life tells how he ran away
from home and went to sea at age 12 with Captain Childs of the ship
Katie Hines. Read the introductions to Dark
Companion with comments about Matt Henson
from famous explorers.