Washington Irving: Three Western Narratives

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Washington Irving's trilogy of books on the American West were decisive in molding his compatriots’ conception of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest. In 1832 he accompanied the Commissioner of Indian Affairs on a month-long journey to what is now eastern Oklahoma. His account of that trip became A Tour on the PrairiesAfter the success of his first western book, Irving wrote about history of John Jacob Astor’s ultimately failed attempt to establish a fur-trading empire in the Northwest in Astoria. Finally, In The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, Irving focused on a single memorable figure—an army officer and fur trader who may also have been an American spy tracking British ambitions in the far country—to reveal the flavor of frontier life in the Rockies and beyond. 

Hardcover: 1024 pages
Dimensions: ‎ 5.25" W x 8.25" H

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