A Tour on the Prairies

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1956 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages

In 1832, Washington Irving, recently returned from seventeen years’ residence abroad and eager to explore his own country, embarked on an expedition to the country west of Arkansas set aside for the Indians. A Tour on the Prairies is his absorbing account of that journey, which extended from Fort Gibson to the Cross Timbers in what is now Oklahoma. First published in 1835, it has remained a perennial favorite, retaining its original freshness, vigor, and vividness to this day.


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Authors Introduction
The Pawnee Hunting GroundsTravelling
Anticipations Disappointed New Plans
The Departure
Trail of the Osage Hunters Departure
The Honey Camp
Breaking up of the Encampment Pictur
The Crossing of the Arkansas
Deer ShootingLife on the Prairies Beau
The Search for the Elk Pawnee Stories
A Sick Camp The MarchThe Disabled
ThunderStorm on the Prairies The Storm

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About the author (1956)

Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York.

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