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Johnny Appleseed: man and myth

Author: Robert Price
Publisher: Gloucester, Mass., P. Smith, 1967 [©1954]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Please--no apple blossoms!" protests author Robert Price, speaking of his approach to the Johnny Appleseed story. For over a quarter century Mr. Price has followed the circuitous trail of the elusive folk hero. Says the author: "Perhaps my bent for the outdoors, travel, and music shows up in this book. John Chapman's story has only recently emerged from a cloud of popular sentimentalism to become a major national  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Price, Robert, 1900-1989.
Johnny Appleseed: man and myth.
Gloucester, Mass., P. Smith, 1967 [©1954]
(OCoLC)777560656
Named Person: Johnny Appleseed; Johnny Appleseed
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Price
OCLC Number: 1120737
Notes: About the author: "After rural school teaching and country newspaper reporting in the Middle West, the author graduated from Denison University, took M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University and is now professor of English at Otterbein College. Mr. Price has written John Chapman: A Bibliography of "Johnny Appleseed" in History, Literature and Folklore, and articles for the New England Quarterly and other magazines. The Library of Congress awarded him a grant-in-aid to complete the study for the present book." -- Amazon.com
Description: xv, 320 pages illustrations, maps 21 cm
Contents: Part one : Into the Old Northwest. A trail from New England --
High adventure on the Allegheny --
Apples on the border --
The Johnny Appleseed country --
Part two : The voice of one crying in the wilderness. The watchman at the gates --
A piece of ground --
A very extraordinary missionary --
Part three : The legend takes root. Portrait at fifty --
The folk tales grow --
Part four : Farther west. Along the land bridge --
To the Fort Wayne summit --
Last journeys --
Part five : From man to myth. A time to die --
The vanity of riches --
The legend flowers --
Appendices. John Chapman's ancestry --
John Chapman's nurseries --
John Chapman's land holdings.
Responsibility: by Robert Price.

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"Please--no apple blossoms!" protests author Robert Price, speaking of his approach to the Johnny Appleseed story. For over a quarter century Mr. Price has followed the circuitous trail of the elusive folk hero. Says the author: "Perhaps my bent for the outdoors, travel, and music shows up in this book. John Chapman's story has only recently emerged from a cloud of popular sentimentalism to become a major national myth in which 'Johnny Appleseed' is a symbol of everything good associated with the development of the land. To show this evolution, I have tied his drama not just to history and folklore, but to American topography. Most of his trail I have trampled or driven over from Leominster, Mass., to Fort Wayne." -- Amazon.com

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