Champion Buffalo Hunter: The Frontier Memoirs of Yellowstone Vic Smith

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 5, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The Champion Buffalo Hunter is the fascinating memoir of one of the most legendary frontiersmen of the early West, “Yellowstone Vic” Smith. Born Victor Grant Smith in 1850, he lived a colorful life across the American frontier from the 1870s to 1890s. A classic frontiersman, he was a trapper, dispatch rider, scout, trick shot—and, yes, buffalo hunter extraordinaire.

Discovered in Harvard University's Houghton Library in 1990, this remarkable autobiography—which Smith wrote in the third person—is comparable to Andrew Garcia's Tough Trip through Paradise, but, notes the editor, “without the melodrama.” Written in a matter-of-fact, often humorous style, it will engage and entertain all those interested in the lives and times of the men who wandered the West, following the great herds and settling only long enough for the snows to melt.

This new edition includes a revised and updated foreword by Jeanette Prodgers based on new research into the life of Yellowstone Vic.

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Writing in the third person, Smith, a.k.a. "Yellowstone Vic," relates his adventures as an Indian fighter, hide hunter, guide, trick shot, and trapper across the American frontier during the 1870s to ... Read full review

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Jeanette Prodgers has spent years researching the life of Victor Grant Smith, both before and after discovering his unpublished memoir at Harvard University's library in 1990. She has degrees in journalism and counseling from The University of Montana. She lives in Butte, Montana.

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