Isabella Lucy Bird's "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains"
An Annotated TexteBook - 1999
The watershed year of Isabella Lucy Bird's life was 1873. In autumn of that year, the forty-one-year-old English gentlewoman embarked by rail from San Francisco's east bay, bound for the Colorado Rockies. A challenging journey, it drove Bird to the utmost physical effort & initiated her lifelong career in what today is called adventure travel. More than one hundred twenty years after their first publication, Isabella Bird's letters to her sister continue to thrill readers with their account of the then-untamed & largely unknown American mountain wilderness. This elegant illustrated edition of Bird's A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, annotated by Ernest S. Bernard, sheds fresh light on ambiguities & obscurities in Bird's letters & contains new details about the frontier Rocky Mountain West-a region Bird found so beautiful that she gently chided "nature for her close imitation of art." Readers will share Bird's joy & terror as she scales the nearly sheer face of Longs Peak; her wistfulness & wonder in the company of the dashing, doomed mountain man, "Rocky Mountain Jim"; & her unalloyed rapture as she glories in "the rushing winds, the piled-up peaks, the great pines, the wild night noises, the poetry & prose" of her beloved mountains. In addition to a map of Bird's 1873 route & contemporary photographs, this new annotated edition includes an appendix that illustrates & charts the course of Bird's historic ascent of Longs Peak, allowing travelers-real & armchair-to share the dangers & discoveries of Isabella Lucy Bird's amazing journey.
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1999
Characteristics: xii, 276 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm