By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately lower back from seventeen years’ place of dwelling in a foreign country and wanting to discover his personal state, launched into an day trip to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A travel at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from castle Gibson to the move Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, preserving its unique freshness, energy, and vividness to this present day.
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Page xxii taken up by the reading public, as Stanley T. "2 Its perennial popularity owes much to the suavity, the urbanity, the geniality, the grace of expression which his critics have commonly allowed Irving, for the man could write as few of his contemporaries could. But the book is more than a literary exercise. Its true worth and its enduring fascination lie in the brilliantly drawn pictures of frontier life that flow from the pencil of a great genre artist. 3 Returning from a seventeen-year residence in Eu- 2The Life of Washington Irving (New York, Oxford University Press, 1935), II, 8081.
I was like a spoiled child, that could not bear the glance of an altered eye. I cared even less for their good opinion than their good will, and felt indignant at being elbowed into a position with respect to them, from which my soul revolted. I was repeatedly urged by those who knew the workings of my feelings, to lay them before my countrymen, and to repel the doubts that had been cast upon my patriotism. I declined to follow their advice. I have generally been content, in all matters relating to myself, to suffer the truth to work its own way to light.
I have seen what is brightest and best in foreign lands, and have found, in every nation, enough to love and honour; yet, with all these recollections living in my imagination and kindling in my heart, I look round with delightful exultation upon my native land, and feel that, after all my ramblings about the world, I can be happiest at home. 3 Having, since my return to the United States, made a wide and varied tour, for the gratification of my curiosity, it has been supposed that I did it for the purpose of writing a book; and it has more than once been intimated in the papers, that such a work 3 The preface to the author's revised edition begins with the sentence that follows.
A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library) by Washington Irving