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By Washington Irving

In 1832, Washington Irving, lately lower back from seventeen years’ place of abode out of the country and desirous to discover his personal nation, launched into an day trip to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A journey at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from fortress Gibson to the move Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, holding its unique freshness, power, and vividness to this present day.

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Irving glanced into the cabin. " Irving sprang off his horse. A fat, good-humored negress met him at the door. "In a twinkling, she lugged from the fire a huge iron pot. . Placing a brown earthen dish on the floor, she inclined the corpulent cauldron on one side, and out leaped sundry great morsels of beef, with a regiment of turnips tumbling after them, and a rich cascade of broth overflowing the whole. This she handed Page xxxvi me with an ivory smile that extended from ear to ear; apologizing for our humble fare, and the humble style in which it was served up.

A Wild Horse. 111 XX The Camp of the Wild Horse. A Wild Spirit Tamed. "Buffalo! 123 XXII The Alarm Camp. Change of Route. Fall of a Buffalo Bull. 141 XXV Ringing the Wild Horse. Wild Horse. Scruples Respecting the Dead. Magic Balls. A Buffalo Hunt. A Wolf Serenade. 180 Page xii XXXI A Hunt for a Lost Comrade. 184 XXXII A Republic of Prairie Dogs. The Owl, Harbinger of Dawn. A Hunter's Bridge. Arrival at the Garrison. 208 Map Showing Irving's Route. xl Page xiii Foreword By Richard Batman Washington Irving's A Tour on the Prairies came about, at least in part, because of a happy series of accidental meetings.

But I have discovered a great deal that is excellent in the book Irving published, and I think I have come on the very open secret of its early acceptance and its constant Page xx interest: a point of view which Irving's critics hitherto have not realized, though he underscored it in his pen name, Geoffrey Crayon. Irving was an artist with the pencil (as the phrase was in his day) who substituted the word for the stroke of the crayon and the brush. It was my work, over the years since the war, in American art historyparticularly American genrethat led me to understand and value Irving as genre painter.

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