Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes

Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes

Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes

Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes

Synopsis

Kit Carson was shown on the cover of an old dime novel slaying six Indians with one hand while protecting a fair maiden with the other. Stories about him, mainly apocryphal, circulated well before his death in 1868 and have been handed down in a multitude of biographies. Now Harvey L. Carter joins with Thelma S. Guild to present the fullest, most authoritative biography of Kit Carson ever written. Carefully separating myth from fact, the authors draw on a wide variety of sources, published and unpublished, including private letters. Their scrupulous restoration of Kit Carson in his geographical and historical setting proves that scholarship can have entertaining results: Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes is a cracking good adventure story.

Excerpt

The first biography of Kit Carson was published ten years before his death. a number of others have appeared since that time, some better than others. Why, then, another life of Carson? the answer to this question can be briefly stated.

When, in 1968 on the hundredth anniversary of his death, one of the present authors published 'Dear Old Kit': the Historical Christopher Carson, with a New Edition of the Carson Memoirs, it was something of a landmark in Carson bibliography. This work has now been out of print for several years. No biography currently in print utilizes the contributions to Carson scholarship made in 'Dear Old Kit'. the number and length of the footnotes in that work were a boon to Carson scholars but a formidable obstacle to those who wished to read it for information and enjoyment. a more conventional biography that embodies the reliability of 'Dear Old Kit' in more readable form is sorely needed. Closed minds and permanent prejudices still exist, at opposite poles, concerning Carson. Between them lies a great segment of the population to whom Kit Carson is a familiar name but little else. It is this body of the reading public that the present authors have endeavored to reach, as well as those who delight in any new work on Carson.

It has been the aim of the authors to narrate the life of Kit Carson chronologically, against a descriptive background of the physical environment and an exposition of the social milieu in wihch . . .

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