Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

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Readers will recall that in AHQ's spring 2014 special issue, "The Legacy of Friedrich Gerstäcker," Charles H. Adams and Christoph Irmscher described their efforts to produce a more accurate, complete, and felicitous translation of Gerstäcker's Die Regulatoren in Arkansas (1846). The volume is finally available in what Adams and Irmscher call "all its hybrid, scruffy splendori' and "boisterous weirdness/' Set in the Fourche La Fave country, The Arkansas Regulators is one of the earliest fictional representations of the state, which Gerstäcker stocked with horse thieves led by dastardly Methodist ministers, vengeance-seeking Indians, strong women, and upstanding vigilantes. In addition to the full text of the novel, this edition includes a scholarly introduction, period illustrations, and a map, "Gerstäcker's Arkansas." The Arkansas Regulators is available in paper for $24.95 from Berghahn Books, www.berghahnbooks.com. One can only hope that Adams and Irmscher will follow up with a new edition of Gerstäcker's sequel, The River Pirates of the Mississippi.

Edited by Gary W. Gallagher and J. Matthew Gallman, with photographs by Will Gallagher, Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians features essays by distinguished scholars who contemplate the power of historic spaces in the memorialization of the war. …

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