Eclipse: A Novel of Lewis and Clark

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Lewis and Clark: forever paired for their epochal first crossing of the continent in 1804-1806, darlings of the young republic, and the pride of Thomas Jefferson because they made his dream of a nation between two oceans come true.

Lewis and Clark: two great but very different men.

Plain-spoken William Clark, enjoys the triumphs and acclaim of the expedition, marries his childhood sweetheart, and settles in St. Louis as superintendent of the nation's Indian affairs. His black manservant, York, who accompanied the expedition, forces Clark to confront the very nature of slavery and question the society that condoned it.

Meriwether Lewis, a man of fierce courage and brilliant intellect, returns from the Pacific a changed man. Something terrible has happened to him, something insidious, a disease with no name that erodes his health, threatens to destroy his mind--and his honor.

In Eclipse, Richard S. Wheeler has written a tour de force novel, an exploration of triumph and tragedy told in the authentically rendered voices of the two greatest American explorers.

Moreover, Wheeler provides a solution--dark in its ramifications--to one of the greatest mysteries in American history: the terrible and unexplained death of Meriwether Lewis, age thirty-five, in the wilderness of the Natchez Trace of Tennessee in October, 1809.
 

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Contents

LEWIS
9
CLARK
17
LEWIS
25
CLARK
35
LEWIS
43
CLARK
53
LEWIS
61
CLARK
69
CLARK
213
LEWIS
221
CLARK
229
LEWIS
235
CLARK
243
LEWIS
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LEWIS
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CLARK
261

LEWIS
75
CLARK
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LEWIS
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CLARK
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CLARK
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LEWIS
113
CLARK
121
LEWIS
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LEWIS
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CLARK
147
LEWIS
155
CLARK
163
LEWIS
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CLARK
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LEWIS
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CLARK
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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CLARK
301
LEWIS
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CLARK
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LEWIS
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CLARK
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
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LEWIS
361
CLARK
365
CLARK
375
AUTHORS NOTES
377
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Richard S. Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.

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