Tales from the American Frontier

Tales from the American Frontier

Richard Erdoes / Jan 23, 2020

Tales from the American Frontier 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 seemin

  • Title: Tales from the American Frontier
  • Author: Richard Erdoes
  • ISBN: 9780394516820
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.

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      • Richard Erdoes

        Richard Erdoes was an artist, photographer, illustrator and author He described himself as equal parts Austrian, Hungarian and German, as well as equal parts Catholic, Protestant and Jew He was a student at the Berlin Academy of Art in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power He was involved in a small underground paper where he published anti Hitler political cartoons which attracted the attention of the Nazi regime He fled Germany with a price on his head Back in Vienna, he continued his training at the Kunstgewerbeschule, the University of Applied Arts, Vienna He also wrote and illustrated children s books and worked as a caricaturist for Tag and Stunde, anti Nazi newspapers After the Anschluss of Austria in 1938 he fled again, first to Paris, where he studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, and then London, England before journeying to the United States In New York City, Erdoes enjoyed a long career as a commercial artist, and was known for his highly detailed, whimsical drawings He created illustrations for such magazines as Stage, Fortune, Pageant, Gourmet, Harper s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Time, National Geographic and Life Magazine, where he met his second wife, Jean Sternbergh d 1995 who was an art director there The couple married in 1951 and had three children Erdoes also illustrated many children s books.An assignment for Life in 1967 took Erdoes to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the first time, and marked the beginning of the work for which he would be best known Erdoes was fascinated by Native American culture, outraged at the conditions on the reservation and deeply moved by the Civil Rights Movement that was raging at the time Erdoes wrote histories, collections of Native American stories and myths, and wrote about such voices of the Native American Renaissance as Leonard and Mary Crow Dog and John Fire Lame Deer In 1975 the family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where Erdoes continued to write and remained active in the movement for Native American civil rights.His papers are preserved at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.


    586 Comments

    1. 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 indu [...]


    2. 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


    3. 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.


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