Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Paperback)

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Elinore Pruitt, a widow and mother who washed clothes for a living in Denver, planned to work as a housekeeper for some rancher while learning all she would need to know about homesteading a place for herself. In 1909 she went to work for Clyde Stewart, whose ranch was near Burnt Fork, Wyoming, and within six weeks she married him. "Ranch work seemed to require that we be married first and do our sparking afterward," she wrote Juliet Coney, her former employer. She maintained her independence by filing on a quarter section adjacent to her husband''s land and proving it up herself. Her delightful letters, written from the time of her arrival until 1913, authentically depict an Old West that, as Jessamyn West notes in her foreword, has been "progressively obscured by those who portray it most often."

The critically acclaimed 1980 film Heartland was based on Elinore Pruitt Stewart''s letters and journals.


Publisher Univ of Nebraska Pr
Mfg Part# 9780803251939
SKU 30156600
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0803251939
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"Peopled with the kinds of characters most novelists only dream of."
"Warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative."
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Editors Note Complete with its original N.C. Wyeth illustrations is this outstanding first-person chronicle of life on the American frontier.
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Number of Pages 0282
Publisher Bison Books

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