The Fighting Horse of the Stanislaus: Stories and Essays by Dan De Quille

The Fighting Horse of the Stanislaus: Stories and Essays by Dan De Quille

by LAWRENCE I. BERKOVE, Lawrence I. Berkove

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ISBN-13: 9781587290138
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 08/01/1990
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 283
File size: 838 KB

About the Author

Dan De Quille (1829-1898), who lived in Virginia City, Nevada, for most of his forty-year career, was a nationally recognized author and journalist who along with his friend and colleague Mark Twain helped create a distinctively American brand of humor.  The most talented Far West humorist of his time--he specialized in manufacturing scientific hoaxes--De Quille also superbly recorded the epic personalities and exploits of the first generation of western prospectors and settlers.  In this defninitive anthology, Lawrence Berkove has carefully selected works that reveal anew De Quille's sympathetic yet biting talent, which captured western America in legends, folklore, and unique and enduring humor.
Lawrence Berkove is a professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Michigan- Dearborn.  He has published widely on American authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, expecially Bierce, Twain and De Quille.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Dan and His Quills Goodwin C. C.
Introduction
I. HOAXES, HUMOR, AND PRACTICAL JOKES
A Silver Man
The Traveling Stones of Pahranagat
Solar Armor
Eyeless Fish That Live in Hot Water
The Troubles of John Smith
The Boss Snorer
Torture Unutterable
Tom Collette's Bath
II. HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
The Typical Prospector
The Old California Prospector
The Tricks of Miners
A Superintendent Who Was Fatherly and “Smooth”
The Wealth of Washoe
Old Johnny Ranchero
The Wolf and the Wild Hogs
Trailing a Lost Child
III. COLORFUL CHARACTERIZATIONS
Jones' Opinion
A Strange Monomania
The Earth Never Dies
A Dietetic Don Quixote
Tongue-Oil Timothy Dead
A Female World-Ranger
Rev. Olympus Jump
IV. LEGENDS AND FOLKLORE
Lorenzo Dow's Miracle
Death Valley
A Goblin Frog
Elam Storm
Peter Crow among the Witches
V. STORIES
The Fighting Horse of the Stanislaus
Marier's Room
Bendix Biargo and His Three Sisters
The Seven Nimrods of the Sierras
The Eagles' Nest
An Indian Story of the Sierra Madre
Editor's Notes
Research Review and Selected Bibliography

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