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Erdoes ( Lakota Woman ) recounts a rip-roaring assortment of legends and lore from the Old West. The characters that populate his tales are larger than life, emanating from a land larger still, with seemingly unlimited horizons. In fact, says Erdoes, "the essence of American legends . . . is exaggeration," and this belief informs his stories of lost mines and mountain men,Erdoes ( Lakota Woman ) recounts a rip-roaring assortment of legends and lore from the Old West. The characters that populate his tales are larger than life, emanating from a land larger still, with seemingly unlimited horizons. In fact, says Erdoes, "the essence of American legends . . . is exaggeration," and this belief informs his stories of lost mines and mountain men, ghosts and gunfighters. A posse of heroes includes such luminaries as Billy the Kid, Paul Bunyan and Jim Bowie as well as lesser-known poker players, pioneers, prospectors et al. Readers may question the inclusion of multiple entries about men like Roy Bean or the wholly fictitious Deadwood Dick (a product of penny dreadfuls) while equally colorful and important figures (Bat Masterson, Poker Alice, Belle Starr) receive scant mention--some (Soapy Smith, Klondike Kate) none at all. Overall, the doings of women and minorities are underreported, and there are too few tales of Alaska and the Yukon for this volume to be truly representative of frontier folklore. Nevertheless, Erdoes successfully evokes an era when awaiting the word from the West was a national pastime, and shows us how and why legends are "history turned upside down."Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc....

Title : Tales from the American Frontier
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ISBN : 9780394516820
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 443 Pages
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Tales from the American Frontier Reviews

  • Julius
    2019-04-02 23:14

    Well now, I was wedged a mite between the appropriation of the proper ratin' to give this here book, but finally, bein' a constrained feller with no heavy yearning to grant it a needlessly gracious four star, as it was a good read but fallin' short o' the stuff as deeply pulls this dusty-throated traveler's heart, I settled as comfortably as a man can on a three.This here book is full o' yarns as what made up this proud, great country (back when it was more proud-like than great) an' should induce the feller as takes a hankering between it's pages to myriads of reflection and recollection. Lots o' high and heavy stories full up these weathered pages; stories to make ya shiver, laugh, cry, rage, lie, an' most likely a high handle of all five at some point or another. Yessir, I found the tales quite interestin', and perused 'em with all the care of a mama hen gathering up her chicks for feeding. A tried and true American man don't just learn about American folklore in this book. A tried and true American man reading this book learns a deal about how the folks that came before him--maybe his great-grandfather's great-grandfather--to this wild, hot, dangerous, and bee-autiful land thought, and how they went about makin' up stories and weavin' yarns...and tellin' more lies in a day than a hive has bees!Yessir! A fine educational experience reading this book is, as well as a comfortable wagon ride into the type of entertainment that can only be brought on a man when he's a-reading a good bunch a false hooey that some people may have actually believed once upon a time. And I do say man, sir, for not every one o' these tales is for young'ns ears 'round a campfire at night. Still, it's well worth a man's time, I says (so long as he don't have no wrangling to see to or a watering hole as requires his adept inspection; we all know how that can be).

  • Amanda
    2019-03-26 04:15

    The author did a very good job covering the American frontier from Colonial Days to the end of the American West. At times the author seems a bit puzzled by the American psyche but does a good job covering it. The stories are well written and a good representation of Americana

  • Sally
    2019-04-10 00:08

    I'm not really finished with the book but I'm finished with it for now. I'll rate it when I've read the rest of the legends.