Description : When young Charles Lummis heard about a job in the small town of Los Angeles more than a century ago, he walked all the way to it?across the plains, up Pike's Peak, down Devil's Gorge, through the Grand Canyon, over the desert. It was, by conservative estimate, one of the grandest hikes in American history. With no reason to be modest, Lummis called his "unpretentious" account of it "the wayside notes of a happy vagabonding."
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Description : Charles F. Lummis tells of an America long departed, when the western and southern frontiers were wilderness, nature untrammeled and settlers rugged in the face of unforgiving conditions. Written as a retrospective of the adventurer's youth, A Tramp Across the Continent, through its varied events and encounters, transports the reader to an era lost to time. The tale begins in 1884, when the author - disgruntled and unhappy with the tedium of everyday life - sets off from Ohio with the intention of reaching California on foot. His trek, spanning some 3,500 miles and 144 days, is filled with joy, pain and lessons aplenty. The author traverses several of North America's most distinctive landscapes; the bare Midwestern plains, the rugged Rocky Mountains, the deserts of Arizona, and finally the valleys and hills of California. It is the people however which make the journey of Lummis so unique; he is accosted by outlaws multiple times, but evades robbery with a combination of bravado and his trusty revolver.
Description : Explore the colorful life of the legendary Old West author-adventurer in this “engaging and spirited biography” (Publishers Weekly). Charles Fletcher Lummis’s remarkable career began in 1884, when he walked to from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to accept a job writing for a fledgling newspaper called the Los Angeles Times. That was just the beginning of a life marked by spirited ambition and excess. By turns a writer, an editor, and a self-taught photographer, Lummis lived large. At one point, he undertook an archaeological expedition to Peru, at another he became the head librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library, and later took over as the editor of the successful magazine Out West. Always a free thinker, battling racism and discrimination and championing the Southwest, Lummis’s passionate defense of Indian rights—and his friendship with Theodore Roosevelt—helped to reshape American policy on the subject. Called “an important work” by Library Journal, this thorough and affectionate biography will help others remember a man who was once a household name in the America West.
Description : Lummis' other set of letters, to the Los Angeles times, are well-known as the basis for his A Tramp across the continent (Chas. Scribner's Sons, 1892). These are the 24 letters written to the Chillicothe Leader. They are more robust than the Times versions, which were more deliberately crafted, more commercial. An essential for Western collections. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR