More True Tales of Old-Time Kansas

By: Dary, David

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Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author. Clean text, minor wear to bottom of rear cover, tight binding, author's signature and inscription on half-title page Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 278 p. The inscription as follows: "For Bill Gulick-Here's the second volume of true Kansas tales-See p.223 for an old photo of the grandmother & mother-Like you my roots are in Kansas-With all best wishes David Dory Walla Walla Aug. 17, 2002" Bill Gulick, a University of Oklahoma graduate, began his career writing for the Saturday Evening Post with a story about the Oregon Trail. He later went on to turn the story into the novel, Hallelujah Trail. The story was picked up by Hollywood along with two more of his stories, Bend of the River and Road to Denver. After nine months in Greenwich Village ( 43-44), he married Jeanne Abbot and began writing for Liberty, Colliers, and Esquire along with The Saturday Evening Post. It was shortly after the success of Bend of the River that Jeanne and Bill moved to Walla Walla, WA, where Bill still lives, though Jeanne passed on in 2001. After 64 years as a writer, Bill has 35 books to his credit; 28 of which are novels. Almost the entirety of his work encompasses the Northwest. He is a close friend of David Cosby, owner of Earthlight Books, who has inherited a large amount of his personal library and made it available online.


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"Rollicking, adventurous, touching" is how American West magazine described David Dary's first collection of stories, True Tales of Old-Time Kansas. This sequel, containing forty-one episodes, sagas, and legends from Kansas's vigorous, free-spirited past, shows Dary again at his entertaining best.

More True Tales is filled with engaging stories of outlaws and lawmen, trailride adventures, buried treasures, natural catastrophes, the famous and the obscure. Sometimes romantic and always colorful, these stories touch on the struggles and hardships encountered by the pioneers as they attempted to adjust to life in early Kansas. The tales reflect the pioneering spirit of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in this part of the country--love of freedom and individualism, and a healthy respect for Nature.

In these pages Dary brings to life the excitement and adventure of the Old West: the revenge and vengeance of Bloody Bill Anderson and Dutch Henry, the exploits of bank and train robber Bill Doolen, mayhem in the state's most violent town. Colorful hermits and trappers, traders and town builders join historical characters such as William Becknell, Father of the Santa Fe Trail--whose expedition turned a two thousand percent profit--and Lizzie Johnson Williams, the first woman to follow the Western Trail. The publisher Horace Greeley described urban life along the Santa Fe Trail: "It takes three log houses to make a city in Kansas, but they begin calling it a city as soon as they have staked out the lots."

Dary recounts vividly the onslaught of cyclones, tornadoes, floods, droughts, blizzards, grasshopper hordes, and dreaded prairie fires. And he includes a section of amazing tall tales--such fish stories as harnessed catfish pulling boats along the Neosho River.

A generous number of illustrations helps bring the tales to life.

For Dary's many fans, this new collection provides more of what Ray A. Billington, renowned historian of the Old West, described as "authentic history, delightfully told." And, as Richard Bartlett, author of Great Surveys of the American West said of the first True Tales volume, "Where else but in the frontier West were such stories really lived?"

Title: More True Tales of Old-Time Kansas

Author Name: Dary, David

Categories: Western Americana,

Publisher: University Press of Kansas: 1987-05-06

ISBN Number: 0700603298

ISBN Number 13: 9780700603299

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: Alibris0001847