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Sketch of the Life and Character of Daniel Boone, A Hardcover – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811715221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811715225
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stolen from a carriage in 1887, frontiersman Houston's reminiscence of his experiences with Daniel Boone survives only because another copy had been transcribed. Edited here by historian Belue, the book describes Boone's first penetrations into Kentucky, with a strong emphasis on Indian battles. The slim volume is fleshed out with some of the author's correspondence and lengthy endnotes. The narrative itself is inchoate and difficult for the uninitiated to follow, and the absence of chaptering or any other typographical breaks does not help. Although most of the individual episodes Houston describes are interesting, the lack of context and the brief portion of Boone's life covered will make most general readers long for a conventional biography. Public libraries in Kentucky will want this book, but elsewhere its audience will be academic.?Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Houston's Boone is a diminutive book but one brimming with contemporary insights plus editor's annotations into frontier life featuring new stuff on Boone, hide tanning, buffalo, Indians, and early hunter anecdotes. An elegent little book with a gorgeous jacket, a highly collectable bit of old-time Kentuckiana.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Murray State University (Kentucky) history professor Ted Franklin Belue discovered the only known copy of Peter Houston's manuscript about his personal recollections of the famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone, in the Lyman C. Draper papers at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1990. Written in the 1840s by a friend and neighbor of Boone's, the original manuscript was stolen from the author's grandson in 1887, but luckily for future historians, the grandson had, mere weeks before the theft, mailed a copy of the lengthy work to the prolific historian, Lyman Draper. Belue has done a masterful job in presenting this rare piece of Americana to the reading public. Replete with extensive annotations and notes, a pictorial section, and an impressive bibliography, the book goes a long way in shedding light on everyday times on America's first western frontier during the 1770s and 1780s. For those of WWA's membership who believe, as I do, that "western" writing is defined as that which encompasses the entire American frontier experience, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific shores, this book will provide several hours of interesting reading, indeed.--Jim Crutchfield, Managing Editor, Roundup Magazine April 1998, Western Writers of America
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Long ago Peter Houston's A Sketch in the Life and Character of Daniel Boone should have been properly annotated and published. Ted Franklin Belue has done historians a genuinely useful service in transcribing into a readily available and readable form this insightful contemporary view of Daniel Boone and the times. This is an addition to the Daniel Boone-Frontier America story, casting a new first-hand and contemporary light on the subject. Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Historian Laureate of Kentucky, professor emeritus of the University of Kentucky, and author of many books on Kentucky and the American South.
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Format: Hardcover
I found out about this grand treasure of history by a distant cousin. Peter Houston was my 5th great grandfather and Peter and his father Samuel Houston were both in the Revolutionary War. My brothers and nephews are in the Sons of the American Revolution and I am in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I found this book to be very interesting and an easy read. I plan on sharing this story with my children, nephews, and grandchildren.
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By ms. ruby on June 23, 2014
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i am from paris ky and was pleasantly surprised to see our little town and people we know mentioned in the forward of the book..love anything about daniel boone..grew up camping at boonseboro and playing in his territory
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