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Stories of the far North
Tuska, Jon.
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xvii, 145 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Bison books"--Spine.
The league of the old men / Jack London -- The Trail of 'Ninety-eight (ballad) / Robert Service -- The test / Rex Beach -- The strength of men / James Oliver Curwood -- The man who goes alone / Max Brand -- The great hunger / Dan Cushman -- Mush fast or die! / Les Savage, Jr. -- Cheechako trouble / James B. Hendryx -- Color at Forty-Mile / Tim Champlin.
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PS648.F74 S75 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Northwestern story emerged full-blown from the pen of Jack London, and his "The League of the Old Men" is a fitting introduction to these rigorous action tales, in which the inhospitable climate strips away civilized veneer and individuals must live or die by their cunning, instinct, and sometimes ruthlessness. The bond between man and dog and the character flaws revealed under the stresses of extreme isolation are just two of the classic themes explored in these works. The collection comes to a fitting climax of a century's worth of development with a new story by Tim Champlin, commissioned for this volume.

Most of these stories were originally published in magazines and were heavily edited to meet space and style concerns. Stories of the Far North restores each work to its original form, uncut and as each author intended.

Author Notes

Jon Tuska has written and edited numerous works about the American West, including The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury (Nebraska 1995).

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Library Journal Review

Stories of Alaska and the Yukon have thrilled pulp fiction readers since the turn of the century. Dozens of magazine like Western Story and North-West Romances provided an early forum for writers including Jack London, Max Brand, and Robert Service. This volume collects nine of the best tales about the challenges of life in the frozen North, including several that have been restored to their original form before publication. Whether familiar, as in Service's "The Trail of Ninety-Eight," or more obscure, such as James B. Hendryx's "Cheechako Trouble," each story explores the classic themes of isolation, the bond between man and animal, and survival in the wilderness. Editor Tuska (The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury, Univ. of Nebraska, 1995) has done extensive research on each of these writers, and the historical notes are as fascinating as the stories. Fans of Western writing and adventure stories are sure to enjoy this glimpse into our fictional past.‘Charlotte L. Glover, Ketchikan P.L., AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.