Collected Works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Volume 2: The Heart of the Continent

Collected Works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Volume 2: The Heart of the Continent

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Overview

Fitz Hugh Ludlow burst on the literary scene in 1857 with the unlikely best seller The Hasheesh Eater. Written when he was just 20 years old, the book swept him into a career as a prolific novelist, short story author, arts critic, travel writer, journalist and editor. His friends and colleagues ranged from Walt Whitman to Brigham Young to Mark Twain. The material published in Ludlow’s Collected Works displays a depth of observation, a breadth of erudition and an appetite for extreme experience applied to the emerging modern American nation. The Heart of the Continent, published in 1870, bookended his brief but prolific 13-year career. It is a sweeping treatment of the American West on the cusp of its full settlement and exploitation. His view was up close, gritty and personal. He spent several weeks on The Overland Stagecoach, from Atchison in the Kansas territory to a San Francisco catching its breath just 15 years after Sutter’s Mill. He brought back the first shocking tales of “free love” in the new Mormon Zion of Utah, and equally shocking but more violent views of lynchings, Indian massacres and the Wild West. Ludlow's breadth of interests is in full flower here. He writes with equal sublimeness about nature--especially encountering the majestic Rocky Mountains; the harships and joys of travel; the characters he meets; hunting; food; and an astonishing array of sciences--geology, botany, chemistry, medicine and zoology. Ludlow's traveling companion for this journey is the great American painter Albert Bierstadt, whose sketches illustrate the book. This new edition has been lovingly re-edited and reformatted from the original.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996639446
Publisher: Logosophia, LLC
Publication date: 11/26/2017
Pages: 634
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.56(d)

About the Author

Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870) was an American writer of travelogues, short stories, novels, art criticism, science and drug literature related to hashish and opium cures. He is mostly known for The Hasheesh Eater and Across the Continent, his description of and Overland Stage journey with the painter Albert Bierstadt. His friends and acquaintances ranged from Mark Twain to Brigham Young to Walt Whitman, and he was an integral part of the creation of the Bohemian scene in New York City.

Donald P. Dulchinos is the author of Pioneer of Inner Space: The Life of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Forbidden Sacraments: The Survival of Shamanism in Western Civilization, and Neurosphere: The Convergence of Evolution, Group Mind, and the Internet. He has found time between these projects for a career in the information and telecommunications technology industry.

Stephen Crimi is the author of Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from the Abyss; the editor of two collections of talks by biodynamic pioneer Alan Chadwick, Performance in the Garden, and Reverence, Obedience and the Invisible in the Garden; and the publisher of Logosophia Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Donald P. Dulchinos ............................ v

To the Reader ................................................................ xxv

  1. The Setting Out ................................................................. 1

  2. Comstock’s—A Buffalo Hunt.......................................... 23

  3. From the Buffalo Country to the Gold Mines ......... 103

  4. Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods..................... 138

  5. Into the Rocky Mountains ........................................... 189

  6. The Approach to Salt Lake City .................................. 233

  7. The New Jerusalem ........................................................ 308

  8. The Dead Sea—The Physical Geography and

    History of its Basin ....................................................... 368

  9. Seven Weeks in the Great Yo-semite .......................... 400

  10. On Horseback into Oregon ........................................... 435

  11. On the Columbia River .................................................. 461

    Appendix: Utah’s Life Principle and Destiny .............. 489


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