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Reviews 161 They said that sorrow died and that a sorrow buried Made your mind a dear place like a grave with grass Where you might rest yourself as in a willow’s shadow, And cold and clean, might feel the long world pass. But sorrow does not die, sorrow only gathers Wreight about itself — a clay that bakes to stone. When your own share of sorrow has worn itself to slumber Every woman’s sorrow is your own. Theselines from “Inheritance” are not her very best, but they doindicate a basic idea which underlies her work and shapes her personality for us. VENETA LEATHAM NIELSEN, Logan, Utah Man Meets Grizzly: Encounters in the Wild from Lewis and Clark to Modern Times. Gathered by F. M. Young and edited by Coralie Beyers. (Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980. xxl + 298 pages, $10.95.) The distinguishing characteristic of this book is that it has the authentic flavor of history. Not that it suffers from the dry rot of historian’s English. On the contrary, it gives the impression that the reader is going to primary sources, the same sources as the historian likes to go to, such as Captain Meriwether Lewis, Hugh Glass, Frederick Ruxton, Rufus Sage, and Prince Maximilian of Wied. But the burden of their accounts is not background so much as action. It is in fact a boy’s book as well as a mature reader’s. It is not surprising that the book has the scent of the primitive West lingering in its pages, for the genesis of the collection lies in Frank Young’s incurable habit of taking notes on bears while occupied with the major task of searching out everything that was written on Fort Laramie in diaries, journals, periodicals, and newspapers for a definitive history of this most important fort in the early West. After Frank Young and LeRoy Hafen published their book on Fort Laramie, Young put together his collection of grizzly bear stories and continued to gather tales from every source he could locate. Having been born in 1870, he was himself close in time to early frontiersmen, and from his earliest years he gathered accounts of adventures with grizzlies from old timers who had survived such encounters. Reading the book is a learning experience as well as a dip into adven­ ture, for each story has a headnote, which contributes to the impression of reality as opposed to mere fiction. The accounts themselves establish the reality, as there is no taint of Hollywood in their straightforward presenta­ tions. Captain Meriwether Lewis says: We saw many tracks of the white bear [grizzly] of enormous size along the river shore and about the carcasses of buffalo. . . . 162 Western American Literature The Indians give a very formidable account of the strength and ferocity of this animal, which they never dare to attack but in parties of six, eight, or ten persons, and are even then frequently defeated with the loss of one or more of their party. . . . We shot one most tremendous looking animal and extremely hard to kill notwithstanding he had five balls through his lungs and five others in various others parts. . . . The enormous number of grizzlies inhabiting the far West in the early 1800’s (10,000 in California alone according to Frank Craighead’s estimate) made encounters with the great bear inevitable, and if one man met one bear only one survivor would leave the field, for grizzlies were unaccustomed to yielding. The book details individual encounters, the struggles of vaqueros who roped grizzlies, fights between bears and wild bulls, the efforts of sportsmen trying to capture grizzly cubs, attempts of professional hunters to track down and kill cattle-killers, and even the escapes of naturalists such as Enos Mills, who studied grizzlies without a gun. Here is a choice collection of adventure stories for readers of every taste. It is a book which, in the Indian’s phrase, does honor to the bear, and at the same time satisfies a double thirst for excitement and information. KARL E. YOUNG, Brigham Young University This Tree Will Be Here for a Thousand Years. By Robert Bly. (New York: Harper & Row, 1979. 64...

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ISSN
1948-7142
Print ISSN
0043-3462
Pages
pp. 161-162
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-04
Open Access
No
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