By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately back from seventeen years’ place of dwelling in a foreign country and desirous to discover his personal kingdom, launched into an excursion to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A travel at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from fortress Gibson to the move Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, keeping its unique freshness, power, and vividness to at the present time.
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The popularity of A Tour on the Prairies only strengthened the decision to write of the West, and out of it, of course, came Washington Irving's Astoria, which was followed later by his Adventures of Captain Bonneville. Page xix Editor's Preface The last piece of work I completed before entering the service in 1942 was an edition of The Western Journals of Washington Irving. Rediscovering Irving's notebooks (they had been published with others more than twenty years earlier in a very small edition and had been long out of print) in the course of other work on the frontier, I thought them, even though incomplete, among the most valuable and fascinating firsthand accounts of the early West.
Pierre M. Irving said his uncle received $2,400 in all from American sales and £400 for the English rights. Williams (Life of Washington Irving, II, 74) gives the latter figure as £600. 14 Stanley T. Williams and Mary Allen Edge, A Bibliography of the Writings of Washington Irving (New York, Oxford University Press, 1936). Page xl From The Western Journals of Washington Irving, edited by John Francis McDermott Page xli Page 1 A Tour on the Prairies Washington Irving Page 3 Author's Introduction1 As I saw the last blue line of my native land fade away, like a cloud in the horizon, it seemed as if I had closed one volume of the world and its concerns, and had time for meditation, before I opened another.
Mrs. R. M. Kendrick (my mother-in-law) helped in the cross reading of texts. Others who provided very special help include the late Grant Foreman, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; John C. Ewers, of the Smithsonian Institution; and the staff of the New York Public Library. First and last, of course, now and always, comes Mary Stephanie McDermott, my wife, my typist, and my critic. JOHN FRANCIS MCDERMOTT ST. LOUIS Page xxi Introductory Essay By John Francis McDermott I A Tour on the Prairies is first of all a voyage of personal discovery.
A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library) by Washington Irving