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Searching for Tamsen Donner (review)

Searching for Tamsen Donner (review) Book Reviews who called his society to account, a prophet's main responsibility. Wolf 's Carhart seems a rugged individualist perhaps, but rarely a very interesting individual. Even intriguing information about Carhart--his mystical experience at Trapper's Lake, Colorado, or his battles with the Forest Service--come across like the rest of the book: frequently vague and only dryly factual, prone to undeveloped claims, valuable mainly as a record all too often "burocratic" in style and substance. The result is neither a convincing, let alone definitive, biography, nor a complete waste of a book, though it tracks closer to the latter. Searching for Tamsen Donner. By Gabrielle Burton. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 328 pages, $26.95. Reviewed by Diane Bush Utah State University, Logan In the cultural cosmology that has grown up around the Donner Party, the universe revolves around Tamsen Donner. The story of the spunky schoolteacher who chose to stay in the mountains with her dying husband, George, rather than walk to safety with her young daughters and who may have been murdered and cannibalized has reached mythological status. Multiple novels and poems attest to her role as legendary heroine and saint. Gabrielle Burton, a Tamsen Donner devotee http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Searching for Tamsen Donner (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 44 (1) – Jun 15, 2009

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Book Reviews who called his society to account, a prophet's main responsibility. Wolf 's Carhart seems a rugged individualist perhaps, but rarely a very interesting individual. Even intriguing information about Carhart--his mystical experience at Trapper's Lake, Colorado, or his battles with the Forest Service--come across like the rest of the book: frequently vague and only dryly factual, prone to undeveloped claims, valuable mainly as a record all too often "burocratic" in style and substance. The result is neither a convincing, let alone definitive, biography, nor a complete waste of a book, though it tracks closer to the latter. Searching for Tamsen Donner. By Gabrielle Burton. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 328 pages, $26.95. Reviewed by Diane Bush Utah State University, Logan In the cultural cosmology that has grown up around the Donner Party, the universe revolves around Tamsen Donner. The story of the spunky schoolteacher who chose to stay in the mountains with her dying husband, George, rather than walk to safety with her young daughters and who may have been murdered and cannibalized has reached mythological status. Multiple novels and poems attest to her role as legendary heroine and saint. Gabrielle Burton, a Tamsen Donner devotee

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Published: Jun 15, 2009

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