The Hanging Tree

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The title story, The Hanging Tree, is based on a true episode in Montana’s gold-mining past. Three amazing characters meet: the cynical Doc Frail; the boy robber named Rune, whom Doc saves and enslaves; and Elizabeth, the young easterner who survives an Indian assault and comes under the care of Doc and Rune. In the gold-mining camp of Skull Creek Elizabeth becomes the mysterious Lucky Lady. A vigorous, psychological western, The Hanging Tree ...
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Overview


The title story, The Hanging Tree, is based on a true episode in Montana’s gold-mining past. Three amazing characters meet: the cynical Doc Frail; the boy robber named Rune, whom Doc saves and enslaves; and Elizabeth, the young easterner who survives an Indian assault and comes under the care of Doc and Rune. In the gold-mining camp of Skull Creek Elizabeth becomes the mysterious Lucky Lady. A vigorous, psychological western, The Hanging Tree was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper.
 
The stories in this book consolidate Dorothy M. Johnson’s reputation for authenticity and artistic integrity. “Lost Sister” is based on the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker, a white woman abducted by the Comanche Indians. “The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid” tells of two married people and an outlaw who share a secret. Fully as arresting are “The Last Boast,” “Journal of Adventure,” “I Woke Up Wicked,” “The Gift by the Wagon,” “A Time for Greatness,” “The Story of Charley,” and “Blanket Squaw.”
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sunday Tribune

“Short stories worthy of the most discerning of readers.”—Chicago Sunday Tribune
Christian Science Monitor

“Johnson writes with a clearwater style and has the gift for showing that even the most questionable characters are worthy of love.”—Christian Science Monitor
Time

“Storyteller Johnson’s memories are authentic; she grew up in Whitefish, Montana, with wide ears for tall tales. . . . And she has a surprising quality of humor.”—Time
Horn Book

“Stories free from the patterns and stereotypes of western horse opera, with real men and women reacting credibly to the dangers and hardships of pioneer life.”—Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803275843
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,138,836
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Lost Sister 3
The Last Boast 19
I Woke Up Wicked 25
The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid 45
The Gift by the Wagon 63
A Time of Greatness 83
Journal of Adventure 101
The Story of Charley 119
Blanket Squaw 137
The Hanging Tree 161
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