By George Philip,Mick B. Harrison,Cathie Draine
Finalist, Autobiography/biography/Memoirs, Benjamin Franklin Awards, 2008
“George Philip’s reminiscences of lifestyles as a cowboy at the South Dakota diversity on the flip of the twentieth century are as clean as an unbroken bronc, but professional with the mature mirrored image that simply age and adventure convey. Philip is a pleasant story teller within the culture of Andy Adams and ("Teddy Blue") Abbott.”—B. Byron rate, Director, Charles M. Russell middle for the learn of artwork of the yankee West
“George Philip’s hugely literate letters, written to his young children a few seventy years in the past, current a cowboy’s first-hand view of an open-range period lengthy considering the fact that vanished. usually humorous, sometimes unhappy, they sparkle with life.”—Elmer Kelton, writer of the great previous Boys
“Within the big physique of autobiographies, letters, and memoirs of cowboy existence, George Philip’s memories rank one of the best.”—Richard W. Slatta, from the afterword
As a tender guy, George Philip emigrated from Scotland to flee a harsh apprenticeship. In 1899, he arrived at the doorstep of his uncle, James (“Scotty”) Philip, patriarch of 1 of South Dakota’s prime ranching households. For the following 4 years, Philip rode as a cowboy for his uncle’s L-7 farm animals outfit throughout the heyday of the final open diversity. however the cowboy period was once a quick one, and in 1903 Philip became in his string of horses and hung up his saddle to go into legislations tuition in Michigan. With a legislation measure in hand, he back to South Dakota to perform within the wide-open western cities of castle Pierre, Philip, and fast City.
In those candid letters, Philip tells his childrens that his existence used to be a typical one, yet his memoirs quick dispel that suggestion. He presents interesting insights into the improvement of the West and of South Dakota. His writing info the cowboy’s daily paintings, from branding and roping to navigating around the plains via stars and buttes because the nice open levels slowly closed up. The areas and characters of the diversity locate lifestyles in Philip’s mix of humor, hard-nosed “horse-sense," and poignant reflection.
"[Philip] was once a usual born yarn spinner."—True West
"An wonderful and insightful check out the daily lifetime of a cowboy through the heyday years of the open range."—Reference & learn publication information
"Each [letter] is nearly a mini-essay designed to extol the realities of cowboy lifestyles . . . "—True West
"George Philip's letters are a excitement to learn . . . "—James D. McLaird, South Dakota History
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Cowboy Life: The Letters of George Philip by George Philip,Mick B. Harrison,Cathie Draine