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Frontier army sketches

Author: James W Steele
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1969]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book - first issued in 1873 and almost unknown except to a few devotees - offers eighteen semi-fictional sketches of incidents in the pioneer Southwest. James W. Steele, a young Army officer stationed at remote outposts during the late 1860s, wrote from first-hand knowledge and with an experienced storyteller's skill. In these short-short stories with test endings you sense much of the flavor of O. Henry, who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Steele, James William, 1840-1905.
Frontier army sketches.
Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press [1969]
(OCoLC)747308479
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W Steele
ISBN: 0826301592 9780826301598
OCLC Number: 28506
Notes: Reprint of work originally published in 1883.
Description: xiii, 329 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Captain Jinks --
Jornada del muerto --
Men of the border --
Brown's revenge --
Copper distilled --
Joe's pocket --
New Mexican common life --
"Peg" --
the story of a dog --
A good indian --
Jack's divorce --
Coyotes --
A guard-house gentleman --
Woman under difficulties --
The priest of El Paso --
A fight between buffaloes --
Chicquita --
Army mules --
A lonesome Christian.
Responsibility: by James W. Steele ; with an introduction by Philip D. Jordan.

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"This book - first issued in 1873 and almost unknown except to a few devotees - offers eighteen semi-fictional sketches of incidents in the pioneer Southwest. James W. Steele, a young Army officer stationed at remote outposts during the late 1860s, wrote from first-hand knowledge and with an experienced storyteller's skill. In these short-short stories with test endings you sense much of the flavor of O. Henry, who came later. Steele also had George Ruxton's alert ear for for frontier dialect and was perhaps first to record it for the Southwest. Above all, Steele was ahead of such historians as Frederick Jackson Turner and Walter Prescott Webb in realizing how the frontier changed people who lived there"--Jacket.

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