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The Ancient Memory & Other Stories

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Death-defying and vulnerable fur-traders and Indians, demi-devils and almost-angels, and other complex personalities come fully to life in The Ancient Memory, which completes the collecting of John G. Neihardt's early short fiction begun with The End of the Dream and Other Stories. Originally published in popular magazines between 1905 and 1908, these stories about the American frontier illustrated Neihardt's artistry in the short form and foreshadow the themes, situations, and characterizations of his later, better-known work. Although two of the Indian stories, the ironic "Feather for Feather" and the satirical "A Political Coup at Little Omaha," were collected in The Lonesome Trail in 1907, none has been reprinted since early in the twentieth century.

Other stories included here are "Like a Woman," featuring the plucky Pelagie, and "The Face in the Balcony," which is dedicated to "those who have gone through life misunderstood." "The Epic-Minded Scot," about a stranger who is stubbornly idealistic and scrupulous, is considered one of Neihardt's best tales. "The Brutal Fact" revolves around a William Tell type of contest between trapping partners that anticipates Neihardt's Song of Three Friends. "The Lure of Woman," a study of greed and revenge, was expanded into his novel Life's Lure. The ineffable "Ancient Memory" carries profound philosophical implications while presenting a strange doppelgänger of sorts. Finally, the memorable Waters—an alcoholic, one-legged, one-eyed frontier printer—is introduced in "The Discarded Fetish," which, with minor changes, became the first half of the novel The Dawn-Builder.

In her foreword Neihardt's daughter Hilda Neihardt recalls intimate details incidental to the writing of these stories.

Synopsis:

Death-defying and vulnerable fur-traders and Indians, demi-devils and almost-angels, and other complex personalities come fully to life in The Ancient Memory, which completes the collecting of John G. Neihardt's early short fiction begun with The End of the Dream and Other Stories. Originally published in popular magazines between 1905 and 1908, these stories about the American frontier illustrate Neihardt's artistry in the short form and foreshadow the themes, situations, and characterizations of his later, better-known work.

Table of Contents

The ancient memory — The face in the balcony — Feather for feather — A political coup at Little Omaha — Like a woman — The lure of woman — The brutal fact — The epic-minded Scot — The discarded fetish.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803233270
Editor:
Petri, Hilda Neihardt
Author:
Petri, Hilda Neihardt
Editor:
Neihardt, Hilda Martinsen
Editor:
Neihardt, Hilda
Author:
Neihardt, John Gneisenau
Author:
Neihardt, Hilda Martinsen
Author:
Neihardt, John G.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln Neb. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
42
Publication Date:
19911001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Death-defying and vulnerable fur-traders and Indians, demi-devils and almost-angels, and other complex personalities come fully to life in The Ancient Memory, which completes the collecting of John G. Neihardt's early short fiction begun with The End of the Dream and Other Stories. Originally published in popular magazines between 1905 and 1908, these stories about the American frontier illustrate Neihardt's artistry in the short form and foreshadow the themes, situations, and characterizations of his later, better-known work.
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