C.E.S. Wood

C. Novels

 

C44. Vollmann, William T.; The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War [2015, 2016] 2015

Seven Dreams / A Book of North American Landscapes / by / William T. Vollmann / Viking

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 5 in Seven Dreams series. Vol. 1: i. half title; ii. blank; iii. ‘Also by William T. Vollmann;’ iv. blank; v. full title; vi. blank; vii. ‘Seven Dreams;’ viii. copyright; ix. ‘Fifth Dream / The Dying Grass;’ x. blank; xi. dedication; xii. blank; xiii. quote from Parkman; xiv. blank; xv. ‘Contents;’ xvi. readers’ note; xvii. ‘List of Maps;’ xviii. blank; 1-1213. text; 1214-15. quotes from Milo Milton Quaife, Congressman J. Smith Young, Ulysses S. Grant, and Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard; 1216. picture; 1217-351. ‘Chronology / Glossaries / Sources / [and a few notes]’ (1218. blank; 1219-20. ‘A Chronology of the Seven Ages of Wineland / V. The Age of Dying Grass;’ 1221. ‘The Shrinking Reservation’ map; 1222-28. chronology continued; 1229-70. ‘Glossaries;’ 1271-351. ‘Sources / [and a few notes]’); 1352. blank; 1353. ‘Captions;’ 1354. blank; 1355-56. ‘Acknowledgements;’ unpaginated blanks.

Text Contents: “The Dying Grass”: “I Indian Service,” “II Edisto,” “III The Burial of Lieutenant Theller,” “IV I Am Flying Up,” “V The Rest of My Days,” “VI Very Beautiful and Almost Automatic,” “VII Detached Pictures,” “VIII Raised My Eyes,” “IX The Americans Are Your Friends,” “Dinosaurs and Cycads”

Description: Fictionalized telling of the Nez Perce War from the perspective of General O. O. Howard with flashbacks to the Civil War. Includes supporting characters of historical significance: Sound of Running Feet (Chief Joseph’s daughter), Springtime and Good Woman (Chief Joseph’s wives), Colonel David Perry (of the war’s first battle), War-Chief Looking Glass, and C.E.S. Wood.

Reviews: Smiley, Jane. “‘The Dying Grass’, by William T. Vollmann.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The New York Times, July 29, 2015, Sunday Book Review. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/books/review/the-dying-grass-by-william-t-vollmann.html

Treur, David. “William Vollmann’s ‘The Dying Grass’ is the reading experience of a lifetime.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The Washington Post, July 30, 2015, Books. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/william-vollmanns-the-dying-grass-is-the-reading-experience-of-a-lifetime/2015/07/26/93a0769a-2edc-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html?utm_term=.ffee43208c10

Wright, David. “‘The Dying Grass’: epic novel of the Nez Perce War.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The Seattle Times, August 9, 2015, Books and Entertainment. http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/the-dying-grass-epic-novel-of-the-nez-perce-war/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, C.E.S. Wood, Novels, Literature

 

E. Poetry

 

E12. Wood, C. E. S. “Man’s Battle with the Titans Is Begun.” In Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood edited by Edwin Bingham and Time Barnes, 86. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1997. Originally published in C. E. S. Wood Sonnets, 1918.

Note: Sonnet composed upon Wood’s return through the area he passed through to join in the Nez Perce War. Generally thought to be about the Nez Perce.

Keywords: Poetry, 19th Century History, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War, Literature

 

F7. Liberty, David Michael, and Mary Christina Wood. “Oregon Voices: It’s Never Too Late to Give Away a Horse.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 105, no. 1 (2004): 96-107. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20615394.

Keywords: Creative Nonfiction, C.E.S. Wood, 19th Century History, Short Stories, Literature

 

H. CRITICISM

 

H3. Bingham, Edwin and Barnes, Tim. “Introduction to ‘Man’s Battle with the Titans Is Begun.” In Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood edited by Edwin Bingham and Time Barnes, 86. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1997.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 19th Century History, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War

 

H13. Venn, George; Soldier to Advocate: C.E.S. Wood’s 1887 Legacy [2006] 2006

Soldier to Advocate: / C. E. S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy / A Soldier’s Unpublished Diary, Drawings, Poetry / and Letters of Alaska and the Nez Perce Conflict / by / George Venn / Wordcraft of Oregon LLC / The Grande Ronde Valley / La Grande, Oregon

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. full title; ii. copyright; iii. ‘Contents;’ iv. ‘Other Works by George Venn;’ v-viii. ‘Credits/List of Illustrations;’ 1. portrait of C. E. S. Wood; 2-3. ‘Introduction;’ 4-92. text; 93. blank; 94-96. ‘Acknowledgements;’ 97. ‘About the Author;’ unpaginated blank

Text Contents: ‘Part I. The Explorer: I Do Not Wish to Loaf about Sitka,’ ‘Part II. The Soldier’s Diary: Facing the Probabilities by Writing,’ ‘Part III. The Advocate: His Drawings, Poems, and Prose,’ ‘Part IV. The Writer: A Legacy of Family Friendship, and Justice’

Description: Literary criticism of the works of C.E.S. Wood through biography. Includes several poems and diary excerpts, previously unpublished. Though these poems were technically unpublished until 2006, they are not included in the literary section of this bibliography because they were included for the purpose of critique in a nonfiction work.

Reviews: Evans, Steven R. Oregon Historical Quarterly 108, no. 3 (2007): 492-94. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20615772.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, 19th Century History

 

H14. Wood, Erskine. “Chapter II. Army Life and Indian Campaigns and Negotiations.” In Life of Charles Erskine Scott Wood, 13-24. Vancouver, Washington: Rose Wind Press, 1991.

Keywords: Criticism, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War, Politics, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Poetry

 

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