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June 07 , 2011

The Young Alaskans In The Rockies


The Young Alaskans In The Rockies
by Emerson Hough

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Acclaimed Western writer Emerson Hough died only days after attending the premiere of the movie based on his novel The Covered Wagon. The story follows a caravan of early settlers as they make their way from the Midwest to the Pacific coastline. The novel offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of pioneers.

The Young Alaskans By Emerson Hough The Young Alaskans follows the outdoor adventures of three Alaskan boys in a series of books initially published between 1908 and 1922.

PMROB, JOHN, AND JESSE IN CAMP -Well, here we are, fellows,- said Jesse Wilcox, as he threw down an armful of wood at the side of the camp-fire. -For my part, I believe this is going to be about the best trip we ever had.- -That's what I was telling Rob to-day,- said John Hardy, setting down a pail of water near by. -But I hope I won't have to carry water up a bank a hundred feet high every night.- -We are not as far north this time as we were last summer,- said Jesse, -but the country looks something the same.- -Yes,- replied John, -but last year we were going east and farther away from home every day. Now we're going west to the Rockies and across them, getting closer to home all the time.

About The Author :-

Emerson Hough (1857–1923) was an American author best known for writing western stories and historical novels.

He married Charlotte Chesebro of Chicago in 1897 and made that city his home. During World War I, he served as a Captain with the Intelligence Service. He died in Evanston, Illinois, on April 30, 1923, a week after seeing the Chicago premiere of the movie The Covered Wagon, based on his 1922 book. Covered Wagon was his biggest best-selling novel since Mississippi Bubble in 1902. "North of 36", another Hough novel, later became a popular silent film as well, "making him one of the first Western authors to enter into the motion picture industry." He is buried in Galesburg, Illinois.

Asked in 1918 to provide some details of his own life, he replied in the context of World War I: "This is no time for autobiography of men of letters. This is the day of biography for men who have been privileged to act in the great scenes of today. It is the time for boys of 23. At least we can bless them and back them the best we know. I will not tell about myself. It is of no consequence."

Emerson Hough (1857-1923) was an American author from Iowa who started his career as a lawyer in New Mexico. Moved by the life and landscape of the region, he soon started writing magazine articles on preservation issues. His popular historical romances are set in the West and include The Law of the Land (1904), The Sagebrusher (1919) and The Covered Wagon (1922).

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