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Life in the Leatherwoods
New Edition

John Quincy Wolf, Sr.
Edited, with a new Introduction
by Gene Hyde and Brooks Blevins

Originally published by Memphis State University Press in 1974, this new edition includes additional writings of John Q. Wolf and a continuation of the autobiographical narrative after his 1887 move to Batesville. Wolf's writings are valuable resources for southern historians, folklorists, general readers, and scholars of Ozarkiana because they provide a rare glimpse into the social and family life of a largely misunderstood and stereotyped people—the independent hill farmers of the Arkansas Ozarks of the 1870s and 1880s. (more …)

2000, 240 pages, 15 illustrations
$20.00 paper (s), 1-55728-594-2

A Journal of Travels into the Arkansas Territory during the Year 1819

Thomas Nuttall
Edited by Savioe Lottinville

This is the famous naturalist Thomas Nuttall's only surviving complete journal of his American scientific explorations. Covering his travels in Arkansas and what is now Oklahoma, it is pivotal to an understanding of the Old Southwest in the early nineteenth century, when the United States was taking inventory of its acquisitions from the Louisiana Purchase.

The account follows Nuttall's route from Philadelphia to Pittsburg, down the Ohio River to its mouth, then down the Mississippi River to the Arkansas Post, and up the Arkansas River with a side trip to the Red River. It is filled with valuable details on the plants, animals, and geology of the region, as well as penetrating observations of the resident native tribes, the military establishment at Fort Smith, the arrival of the first governor of Arkansas Territory, and the beginnings of white settlement.

Originally published in 1980 by the University of Oklahoma Press, this fine edited version of Nuttall's work boasts a valuable introduction, notes, maps, and bibliography by Savoie Lottinville. The editor provided common names for those given in scientific classification and substituted modern genus and species names for the ones used originally by Nuttall. The resulting journal is a delight to read for anyone—historian, researcher, visitor, resident, or enthusiast.

Thomas Nuttall was a self-educated botanist who came to the United States from Liverpool in 1808 at the age of twenty-two. Nuttall made several scientific expeditions in America during the first half of the nineteenth century. He was recognized in his time for his botanical discoveries, served for many years as a lecturer in natural science and as curator of the Cambridge Botanic Garden at Harvard, and published several books.

Savoie Lottinville, a graduate of the University of Oxford, was director of the University of Oklahoma Press for thirty years and was for several years Regents Professor of History. Among the several books he authored or edited are The Rhetoric of History (1976) and Travels in North America, 1822–1824, by Paul Wilhelm, Duke of Wurttemberg (1973), both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

1999, 392 pages
$24.95 paper (s), 1-55728-561-6

Simpkinsville and Vicinity
Arkansas Stories of Ruth McEnery Stuart

Edited with an Introduction by Ethel C. Simpson

For nearly thirty years, from the first story by Ruth McEnery Stuart published in the New Princeton Magazine in 1888 until her death in 1917, readers throughout the United States knew her stories of life in Simpkinsville, an imaginary village in southwest Arkansas. (more …)

1999, 224 pages, 1 illustration
$19.95 paper (s)


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