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Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark (Paperback)
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Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark (Paperback)

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Paperback 202 Pages / Published: 13/06/2012
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Suffering from a case of "road fever" brought on by prolonged exposure to the journals of Lewis and Clark, Dayton Duncan has retraced the Corps of Discovery's route from Saint Louis to the Pacific and back again four different times during the past twenty years-to say nothing of his countless additional trips to landmarks along their route. In sweltering summer heat and in temperatures 45 degrees below zero, he watched yellow moons rise and heard buffalo thunder; navigated against the Missouri River's relentless current and stood on its surface, frozen solid overnight; canoed a dozen times through Montana's magnificent White Cliffs (Lewis's "seens of visionary inchantment"); and read the journals by candlelight in the expedition's fort on the Pacific coast. Along the way, Duncan wrote the essays that make up this book, essays that guide the reader on a journey of discovery along the trail of Lewis and Clark.

More a revisiting than a retelling of the story of the Corps of Discovery, Duncan's book reintroduces us to people and places along the trail, reflects on events large and small that occurred during the expedition, and offers constant-and constantly entertaining-insights into why, two centuries later, the saga of Lewis and Clark continues to exert such a powerful hold on our national imagination.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803245143
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An admittedly die-hard fan of Lewis and Clark, Duncan is extremely knowledgeable about the Corps of Discovery's expedition, which is reflected in this fine collection of 16 road essays inspired by his retracing Lewis and Clark's trail over the past 20 years.-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"Essays on eclectic aspects of America's most famous road trip. . . . Duncan's orations typically draw inspiration from something in the explorers' journals that instantly resonates with enthusiasts, such as Lewis' escape from a bear, or simply a rapturous phrase, such as the one Duncan borrowed for his title."-Booklist * Booklist *
"The threads uniting the seventeen colorful vignettes in Scenes of Visionary Enchantment are the colors, textures, sounds, and human experiences inherent in the grand story of the Lewis and Clark exploration."-Joseph A. Mussulman, Montana: The Magazine of Western History -- Joseph A. Mussulman * Montana: The Magazine of Western History *
"For decades, Lewis and Clark have been blessed with eloquent chroniclers who have retold their story in far more dramatic ways than the participants did themselves. But no writer-not DeVoto, not Ambrose-tells this story with the flair and passion of Dayton Duncan."-Carolyn Gilman, Great Plains Quarterly -- Carolyn Gilman * Great Plains Quarterly *
"In his collection of 17 finely crafted essays, Duncan brings the dramatic, significant or revealing moments of the exhibition alive, and draws compelling themes and lessons from each story. . . . Duncan is one of the most vivid guides to the expedition writing today. In an essay entitled 'The Lewis and Clark Guide to Leadership,' Duncan draws ten points from the Corps that every would-be captain today should read and follow."-Nebraskaland * Nebraskaland *
"Each essay or address presented here typically first appeared in another setting, yet this collection can nonetheless `enchant' both veteran readers and those not yet ensnarled in the Lewis and Clark web. . . . Duncan is an inspired storyteller adept at enthralling audiences already conversant with the details and successes of the mission. Passionately presented, this volume is excellent evidence of that remarkable ability."-Vernon L. Volpe, Annals of Iowa -- Vernon L. Volpe * Annals of Iowa *

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