A Texas Matchmaker

A Texas Matchmaker

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by Andy Adams
     
 

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Author of the classic THE LOG OF A COWBOY, Andy Adams was a true Texas cowboy, a veteran of the long, dangerous trail drives of the 1880s. In this novel, Adams weaves the tale of "Uncle Lance" Lovelace, a sixtyish, thrice-married rancher with a penchant for finding mates for his ranch hands. The narrator, Tom Quirk, is his interpreter when he intervenes on behalf of…  See more details below

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Author of the classic THE LOG OF A COWBOY, Andy Adams was a true Texas cowboy, a veteran of the long, dangerous trail drives of the 1880s. In this novel, Adams weaves the tale of "Uncle Lance" Lovelace, a sixtyish, thrice-married rancher with a penchant for finding mates for his ranch hands. The narrator, Tom Quirk, is his interpreter when he intervenes on behalf of his lovesick vaqueros and his willing pupil in pursuit of one Esther McLeod. This is, however, more than an amusing story; with Adams' characteristic authenticity, A TEXAS MATCHMAKER provides a wealth of detail about life on the great ranches of early Texas.

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ISBN-13:
9781406504101
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Andy Adams, one of the most accurate chroniclers of the authentic "Old West," is born in Columbia City, Indiana.

While still in his teens, Adams ran away from home. He eventually made his way to Texas, where he found work as a cowboy. From 1882 to 1893, Adams witnessed firsthand the golden era of the Texas cattle industry, a time when the cowboys ran cattle on vast open ranges still relatively unrestricted by barbed wire fences. In 1883, he made the first of many cattle drives along the famous cattle trails running north from Texas to the cow towns of Kansas. As farmers began to challenge the ranchers for control of the land, Adams witnessed the gradual fencing-in of the cattle country that would eventually end the short age of the open range. He made his last cattle drive in 1889.

In 1893, Adams left Texas for Colorado, attracted by rumors of gold at Cripple Creek. Like most would-be miners, he failed to make a fortune in the business. He eventually settled in Colorado Springs, where he remained for most of his life. While doing on a variety of jobs, Adams began to write stories based on his experiences as a Texas cowboy. In 1903, he found a publisher for his novel The Log of a Cowboy, a thinly disguised autobiography of his life on the plains. A fascinated public welcomed tales from the former cowboy, and Adams wrote and published four similar volumes in less than four years.

Adams distinguished himself from the majority of other western authors of the day with his meticulous accuracy and fidelity to the truth. As its name implied, The Log of a Cowboy was a day-by-day account of a cattle drive Adams had made from Texas to Montana. The book had little plot beyond the progress of the cattle herd toward Montana, and had none of the romantic excitement offered by less literal chroniclers of the West. Adams' self-avowed goal was to make his fiction indistinguishable from fact, and as one commentator has noted, "in this he succeeds only too well."

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A Texas Matchmaker 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read it but even on the first page there were too many typos i kept going though but the typos were so many so often and so bad i had to stop it really ruined the story for me
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