Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan, With More Than 100 Logging Camp Tales [NOOK Book]

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Every American has heard of the lumberjack hero Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox. For 100 years his exploits filled cartoons, magazines, short stories, and children's books, and his name advertised everything from pancake breakfasts to construction supplies. By 1950 Bunyan was a ubiquitous icon of America's strength and ingenuity. Until now, no one knew where he came from?and the extent to which this mythical hero is rooted in Wisconsin.

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Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan, With More Than 100 Logging Camp Tales

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Overview

Every American has heard of the lumberjack hero Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox. For 100 years his exploits filled cartoons, magazines, short stories, and children's books, and his name advertised everything from pancake breakfasts to construction supplies. By 1950 Bunyan was a ubiquitous icon of America's strength and ingenuity. Until now, no one knew where he came from—and the extent to which this mythical hero is rooted in Wisconsin.

Out of the Northwoods presents the culture of nineteenth-century lumberjacks in their own words. It includes eyewitness accounts of how the first Bunyan stories were shared on frigid winter nights, around logging camp stoves, in the Wisconsin pinery. It describes where the tales began, how they moved out of the forest and into print, and why publication changed them forever. Part bibliographic mystery and part social history, Out of the Northwoods explains for the first time why we all know and love Paul Bunyan.
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For many campers, half the pleasure of the experience is sitting around a warm campfire listening to good stories. Among the most popular tales in Midwest are yarns about giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan. As folklore specialist Michael Edmonds proves in this diverting book, those tall tales seem to have grown as rapidly as young Paul himself. Out of the Northwoods not only collects more than 100 original Bunyan stories; it also unravels the time-tangled mysteries of who this legendary figure really was and how the stories got started. Fun reading indoors or out.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014749923
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,241,731
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Edmonds has published several books and articles on literary and intellectual history. He joined the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1982 and helped lead its effort to mount rare books and manuscripts on the Web, stumbling on the mystery of Paul Bunyan's origin while looking for lumberjack memoirs to share online. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Simmons College. He received a 2007 American Local and State Historical Society Award for his pioneering work on the “Turning Points in Wisconsin History” portion of the Wisconsin Historical Society website.
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