A Rendezvous Reader: Tall, Tangled, and True Tales of the Mountain Men, 1805-1850

A Rendezvous Reader: Tall, Tangled, and True Tales of the Mountain Men, 1805-1850

by Donald A Barclay, James H. Maguire, Peter Wild
     
 

The early plans for Mount Rushmore called for blasting heroic likenesses of mountain men—Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and John Colter-—into the solid mountain granite of South Dakota. Readers of this colorful volume will see the heroics and the brutally rugged individualism that made these fur trappers candidates for legend and infamy.

The accounts of the

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The early plans for Mount Rushmore called for blasting heroic likenesses of mountain men—Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and John Colter-—into the solid mountain granite of South Dakota. Readers of this colorful volume will see the heroics and the brutally rugged individualism that made these fur trappers candidates for legend and infamy.

The accounts of the mountain men are spun from the experiences of a nation moving westward: a trapper returns from the dead; hunters feast on buffalo intestines served on a dirty blanket; a missionary woman is astounded by the violence and vulgarity of the trappers’ rendezvous. These are just a few of the narratives, tall tales, and just plain lies that make up A Rendezvous Reader.

The writers represented in this book include a dyed-in-the wool trappers, adventuring European nobles, upward-gazing eastern missionaries, and just plain hacks who never unsheathed a Green River knife or traveled farther west that the Ohio River. What these writers have in common is that all of them, whether they dealt mostly in fact of entirely in fantasy, helped to create a uniquely American icon: the mountain man.

Though A Rendezvous Reader will certainly be of interest to the historian and the historically curious, the true purpose of this anthology is to bring together in one volume the liveliest most readable accounts by and about the mountain men. Whether you sample or devour this anthology of mountain horrors and delights, it is a book guaranteed to entertain as well as inform.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The book will take you by storm…the material on this subject is so exciting and compelling. Wonderful, filled with quotes and extracts designed to delight and cover every spectrum of mountain man life.”—The Publication for Western Americana Enthusiasts

“The next best thing to spending some time with Jim Bridger and Kit Carson around a campfire.”—Old West

“Culled from the best writings by and about the mountainmen.”—The Herald Journal

“Lively, readable account of the ‘horrors and delights’ of this fascinating chapter of Americana.”—Cowboys & Indians

“Talbot’s account holds attention with its easy-to-read style. An attractive, even somewhat sympathetic, story of a trader remarkable for his caution and wise in his choices of safe and productive trapping areas.”—Oregon Historical Quarterly

“Skillfully added prose of explanation, interpretation, and editorial comment preface each section and story to assist the reader in placing a context. The stories themselves transport the reader to greater understanding than what a mere discerning of the academic history of the era could ever disclose; they impart color, humor, and rustic homily of this highly romanticized era.”—Utah Historical Quarterly

“A rousing example of scholarship that happens when authors respect their subject matter. In convincing fashion, they celebrate, instead of evaluate, the legacy of these Western soldiers of fortune. Valuable contributions to the study of Western history and literature.”—Journal of the West

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874805390
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James H. Maguire is professor of English at Boise State University.
Peter Wild is professor of English at Boise State University.
Donald A. Barclay is coordinator of electronic services for the University of Houston Libraries.

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