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A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Economy Editions)by Isabella L Bird
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A cosmopolitan, middle-aged Englishwoman touring the Rocky Mountains in 1873, Isabella Bird had embarked upon a trip that called for as much stamina as would have been expected of an explorer or anthropologist--and she was neither! Possessing a prodigious amount of curiosity and a huge appetite fro traveling, she journeyed later in life to India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Canada and wrote eight successful books about her adventures. In this volume, she paints an intimate picture of the "Wild West, " writing eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees and lynchings, and crude table manners yet a gentle civility--even chivalry--among the men she encountered in the wildrerness . Thoughtfully written, this captivating narrative provides a vibrant account of a bygone era and the people that forever changed the face of the frontier. Unabridged republication of the seventh edition, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1882 (first edition: 1879).
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In letters to her sister, an Englishwoman writes of her intrepid travels by horseback in the 1870s US West—covering topics from bears to vigilante justice. Includes a few illustrations. Originally published by G.P. Putnam Sons in 1882. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1873, a middle-aged Englishwoman toured the Colorado Rockies on horseback and#151; alone, for the most part. Painting an intimate portrait of the "Wild West," Bird wrote eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees, lynchings, and the manners among the men she encountered in the wilderness.
"In its simple and disarming style, it is a great piece of reporting on a rugged frontier."--San Francisco Chronicle "The book is a jewel case of keen perception, social analysis, and masterful description for this era."--Chicago Tribune In 1873 Isabella Bird embarked on a trip that called for the high level of stamina expected of an explorer or anthropologist. But the middle-aged Englishwoman who toured the Colorado Rockies on horseback--alone, for the most part--was neither of these. Painting an intimate portrait of the "Wild West," she wrote eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees, lynchings, and the crude manners--yet gentle civility--among the men she encountered in the wilderness. A thoughtfully written, captivating narrative that provides a vibrant account of a bygone era and the people that forever changed the face of the American frontier. Unabridged reprint of 1882 edition.
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