Bad Man Ballad

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The time is 1813, during America's last war with England; the place is the Ohio Valley, the thickly wooded, hilly, creek-carved highway of western settlement. Wolves still howl at midnight on village greens. Each log cabin is a fortress, and no one travels without a knife and gun. Through this armed and fearful countryside, three people - Ely Jackson, a 17-year-old backwoods boy; Owen Lightfoot, a lawyer from Philadelphia with a romantic view of the frontier; and Rain Hawk, a half-breed girl living on her own in ...
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Overview

The time is 1813, during America's last war with England; the place is the Ohio Valley, the thickly wooded, hilly, creek-carved highway of western settlement. Wolves still howl at midnight on village greens. Each log cabin is a fortress, and no one travels without a knife and gun. Through this armed and fearful countryside, three people - Ely Jackson, a 17-year-old backwoods boy; Owen Lightfoot, a lawyer from Philadelphia with a romantic view of the frontier; and Rain Hawk, a half-breed girl living on her own in the wilderness - chase an awesome quarry, a mysterious giant-like figure who is on the run for murder. Ely and Owen set out on the trail of the "Bearman" with the intent of bringing him "to justice," while Rain Hawk struggles to protect him from the public's wrath.

Seventeen-year-old Eli Jackson and a thirty-one-year-old lawyer in early-nineteenth-century Ohio set out to find a murderer who might be a "Bigfoot."

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
"The frontier world recreated here is consistently persuasive." —New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Two historical novels by Hoosier authors make their re-entry on the scene. The Bad Man Ballad by Scott Russell Sanders, originally published by Bradbury Press in 1986, begins with the discovery of a murdered dwarf in 1813 in the Ohio Valley, and becomes a quest for a lawyer and a teenage boy to find the "giant" responsible, in this unflinching portrait of mob mentality and fear of the "other." In The Dark Didn't Catch Me by Crystal Thrasher, first published by Atheneum in 1975, a family tries to pull together during the Depression in rural Indiana as 11-year-old Seely describes her schooling, her abusive father and other challenges. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"The frontier world recreated here is consistently persuasive." — NewYork Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253216885
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Library of Indiana Classics Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Russell Sanders is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. His other books include Writing from the Center (1995), Terrarium (1996), and (with Will Counts and James H. Madison) Bloomington Past and Present (2002), all published by IU Press, as well as Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journeys (1999) and The Force of Spirit (2000). He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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