A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1960 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

 

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I downloaded and listened to a Libravox recording, excellently read. Apart from the social and historical interest the work has very considerable literary merit and is honestly self-reflective. Quite a sharp social commentator unless it is on persons of native American, African, Chinese or other than Western European origin. The racism is extreme but the norm at the time. The comments only appear in terms of direct observation in letter one which raises the question of whether frontiers were lily white - those drafty log cabins were not shared with persons of colour. Not even as servants. Interesting. 

Contents

A ladys getupGrizzly bearsThe Gem
17
A Temple of Morpheus Utah A Godforgot
23
LETTER IV
36
LETTER V
44
LETTER VI
64
Personality of Longs PeakMountain Jim
83
LETTER VIII
102
LETTER IX
124
LETTER XI
165
LETTER XII
178
LETTER XIII
192
LETTER XIV
204
LETTER XV
215
LETTER XVI
229
Womans missionThe last morningCrossing
240
INDEX
251

LETTER X
144

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