A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains

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A cosmopolitan, middle-aged Englishwoman touring the Rocky Mountains in 1873, Isabella Bird had embarked upon a trip that called for as much stamina as would have been expected of an explorer or anthropologist -- and she was neither! Possessing a prodigious amount of curiosity and a huge appetite for traveling, she journeyed later in life to India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Canada and wrote eight successful books about her adventures. In this volume, she paints an intimate picture of the "Wild West," writing eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees and lynchings, and crude table manners yet a gentle civility -- even chivalry -- among the men she encountered in the wilderness. Thoughtfully written, this captivating narrative provides a vibrant account of a bygone era and the people that forever changed the face of the frontier.
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author Bird, Isabella L.
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display_description "Isabella Bird, an Englishwoman whose extensive travels and writings earned her the first female membership of the Royal Geographic Society, visited the Rocky Mountains alone during the autumn of 1873. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, gives a fascinating description of life in the untamed Colorado Territory at a time when it was only notionally under the control of the American authorities, having been brutally seized from the Indians. Her intrepid journeys through remote areas are relayed in the form of fluent, achingly beautiful, highly spirited letters written to her sister. They tell of magnificent unspoiled landscapes, of small remote townships, of her encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears and her reactions to the volatile pioneer settlers as they came to terms with their isolation, poverty and difficulties as immigrants in the wake of the Civil War. These letters, first published in 1879, were enormously popular in Bird's own lifetime and remain as wonderfully vivid and powerful as ever. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic."--Publisher's description.
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series Classic travel, Könemann travel classics, Stanfords travel classics, Western frontier library
series_with_volume Classic travel, Könemann travel classics, Stanfords travel classics, Western frontier library, Western frontier library|14.
subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical, Biographies, Biography, Bird, Isabella L. -- (Isabella Lucy), -- 1831-1904, Bird, Isabella L. -- (Isabella Lucy), -- 1831-1904 -- Correspondence, Bird, Isabella L. -- (Isabella Lucy), -- 1831-1904 -- Travel -- Rocky Mountains, Colorado -- Estes Park, Correspondence, Electronic books, Estes Park (Colo.), Estes Park (Colo.) -- Biography, Frontier and pioneer life, Frontier and pioneer life -- Colorado, Frontier and pioneer life -- Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountains -- Description and travel, TRAVEL -- United States -- West -- General, Travel, United States, West, West (U.S.) -- Description and travel, Women, Women -- Rocky Mountains -- Biography, Women photographers -- Great Britain -- Biography, Women travelers -- Rocky Mountains -- Biography
title_display A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
title_full A Lady's Life In The Rocky Mountains Bird, Isabella L., A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / Isabella Bird ; [series and volume editor, Michael Hulse], A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / Isabella L. Bird, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / Isabella L. Bird ; introduction by Ann Ronald, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / Isabella L. Bird ; with a new introduction by Pat Barr, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / Isabella L. Bird, with an introducton by Daniel J. Boorstin, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / by Isabella L. Bird, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains / by Isabella L. Bird ; with an introd. by Daniel J. Boorstin, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains [electronic resource] / Isabella L. Bird, A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains. / With an introd. by Daniel J. Boorstin, A lady's life in the Rocky mountains / by Isabella L. Bird, A lady's life in the Rocky mountains / by Isabella L. Bird ., Lady's life in the Rocky Mountains [electronic resource] / Isabella L. Bird
title_short A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
topic_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Bird, Isabella L, Description and travel, Electronic books, Frontier and pioneer life, General, Historical, TRAVEL, Travel, West, Women, Women photographers, Women travelers