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A crack shot, expert skinner and tanner, seamstress, sculptor, and later writer?a list that only hints at her intelligence and abilities?Ella Elgar Bird Dumont was one of those remarkable women who helped tame the Texas frontier. First married at sixteen to a Texas Ranger, she followed her husband to Comanche Indian country in King County, where they lived in a tepee while participating in the final slaughter of the buffalo. Living off the land until the frontier was opened for ranching, Ella and Tom Bird typified the Old West ideals of self-sufficiency and generosity, with a hesitancy to complain about the hard life in the late 1800s.
Yet, in one important way, Ella Dumont was unsuited for life on the frontier. Endowed with an instinctive desire and ability to carve and sculpt, she was largely prevented from pursuing her talents by the responsibilities of marriage and frontier life and later, widowhood with two small children. Even though her second marriage, to Auguste Dumont, made life more comfortable, the realities of her existence still prevented the fulfillment of her artistic longings.
Ella Bird Dumont's memoir is rich with details of the frontier era in Texas, when Indian depredations were still a danger for isolated settlers, where animals ranged close enough to provide dinner and a new pair of gloves, and where sheer existence depended on skill, luck, and the kindness of strangers. The vividness and poignancy of her life, coupled with the wealth of historical material in the editor's exhaustive notes, make this Texas pioneer's autobiography a very special book.
Ella Elgar Bird Dumont (1861?1943)was a pioneer and a sculptor.
Tommy J. Boley is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and a consultant for a major textbook publisher.
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Descrizione libro University of Texas Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. 0292780893. Codice libro della libreria GUA2221.2LPCM020216H0650A
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0292780893
Descrizione libro Austin Univ. of Texas Press 1988., Austin, TX, U.S.A., 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. First Edition. xxxi, 227 pages. Dumont details life in King County and Paducah, Texas in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This copy is unread in a perfect dust jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Codice libro della libreria 040155
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Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good+. Stated First Edition. Barker Texas History Center Series; 9 X 6 X 1.10 inches; 227 pages. Codice libro della libreria 117583
Descrizione libro University Of Texas Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 0292780893 Inscribed by editor on half title page. Beige cloth boards, black titling on spine. Solid binding, minimal wear. Clean unmarked pages. Pictorial DJ has minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria 3408
Descrizione libro Univ of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 1988. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. First Edition. F/NF. Hardcover, beige cloth with black titles, DJ, 227 pp, b&w illustrations, slight edgewear to DJ with light sunfading to jacket spine, else a clean and crisp copy. Codice libro della libreria 110088
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Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-136-39-8438208