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The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee and Mountain Man
Before his most fabulous adventure (celebrated by John G. Neihardt in The Song of Hugh Glass and by Frederick Manfred in Lord Grizzly), Hugh Glass was captured by the buccaneer Jean Lafitte and turned pirate himself until his first chance to escape. Soon he fell prisoner to the Pawnees and lived for four years as one of them before he managed to make his way to St. Louis. ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published March 1st 1976 by Bison Books
(first published 1963)
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Mountain man Hugh Glass was a legend to his peers, many of them legends themselves. His fame spread to the East, where his incredible story was told in the newspapers of Philadelphia. His legend entered the lore of Indian tribes as well, where it was still being told many decades after his passing. But with the coming of the 20th century, Hugh's legend faded into obscurity. John Myers Myers' The Saga of Hugh Glass is an excellent attempt to rescue Hugh from the obscurity that he had faded into a ...more
This is definitely an interesting story. If it is true. The life of Hugh Glass seems extraordinary, but much of it comes from him, not actual historical documentation. And outside of the bear attack, he has no witnesses to back his claims. It is a interesting story, but this book spends a lot of time bouncing around to different subjects and a lot of general mountain men style info. Only about a third of the book is about Hugh Glass. It is interesting, but there may be a better book about Hugh G ...more
The gruesome survival story of Mountain Man Hugh Glass is one step away from being mythic. Thankfully, Myers avoids the poetic and the mythic in retelling Glass's life-story (he leaves that duty to other fine writers of fiction & poetry, such as John Neihardt). However, Myers will sometimes insert non-quotation colloquial-sounding sentences within otherwise scholarly passages that disjointed this reader. On the whole, though, I found the book to be engaging, informative and the fullest of po ...more
The Saga of Hugh Glass is one of the better scholarly historical works I've read. It portrays Hugh Glass and his unparalleled life story with historical objectivity, accuracy, and a finely honed wit. While I might have preferred a more epic treatment of the story, this one fits Hugh well and might have been thoroughly appreciated by the subject himself. It's just a shame that we don't know more about him.
Myers was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended the University of New Mexico briefly, but was expelled for being one of the writers in a rebel newspaper, The Pariah. After extensive travel through Europe and the United States, Myers worked for the New York World and San Antonio Evening News. He was also an advertising copywriter. Myers served a short term in the U.S. Army during W ...moreMore about John Myers Myers...