A Yellowstone Reader
The National Park in Folklore, Popular Fiction, and Verse
Richard L. Saunders
For those of us fortunate enough to have visited Yellowstone on childhood camping trips, it is a place strange and mysterious that lingers and tantalizes with memories of Old Faithful and bubbling mud pots, roaring waterfalls and secret hopes of spying a black bear or a bison; a real place that seems as though it could have been created in our dreams. A Yellowstone Reader collects an evocative sample of fictional literature about Yellowstone—the best or most notable expressions of the niche Yellowstone Park occupies in the human imagination. Selections span the late nineteenth century through the 1980s and include fur trapper tales, short stories and serializations, a Victorian dime novel, young adult fiction, and a novelette published specifically for Yellowstone's tourist market. Each selection is accompanied by an editorial introduction providing useful historical and biographical information.
If you are among the more than one hundred million people who have visited the Park, these stories will reveal a place both familiar and unfamiliar, presenting its geysers, mountains, and rivers from the perspectives of the past. And if you've never walked Yellowstone's boardwalks or witnessed its hot springs, these stories will introduce, divert, and entertain as they enliven America's oldest and largest national park.
Richard L. Saunders is the author of Printing in Deseret: Mormons, Economy, Politics, and Utah's Incunabula, 1849–1851. He is curator of Special Collections and Archives at the Paul Meek Library, University of Tennessee at Martin.
Table of Contents:
Yellowstone in Fictional Literature: Themes and Ideas
Folklore and Verse
Jim Bridger | Tales from Hiram M. Chittenden's The Yellowstone Park, 1895
Mary Earle Hardy | Little Ta-Wish: Indian Legends from Geyserland, 1914
H.C. Reagan | Legend of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1925
William Tod Helmuth | "Yellowstone Park and How It Was Named," 1892
Albert Whipple Hadley | "Yellowstone's First Laundry," 1921
Charles Van Tassell | Truthful Lies of Yellowstone Park, 1923
Novels and Series Fiction
Prentiss Ingraham | Diamond Dirk, or, The Mystery of the Yellowstone, 1878
Alice Harriman-Browe | Chaperoning Adrienne, 1907
Jessie Graham Flower | Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Yellowstone National Park, 1923
Les Savage Jr. | Shadow Riders of the Yellowstone, 1952
Emerson Hough | "Maw's Vacation," 1924
Owen Wister | "Bad Medicine," 1928
Douglas H. Thayer | "Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone," 1987
Other Yellowstone Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography
Praise and Reviews:
"More than a fascinating and entertaining core sample of historical literature, A Yellowstone Reader offers us a deepened appreciation of the many ways that the extraordinary features and landscape of Yellowstone National Park pique and inspire human imagination."
—Lee Whittlesey, Archivist, National Park Service
"There is no doubt in my mind that this volume will make a unique and necessary contribution to the literature and scholarship of Yellowstone National Park. For lovers of Yellowstone...this book will be wonderful good-time reading."
—William Slaughter, editor of Camping Out in the Yellowstone, 1882