A Frontier Family in Minnesota: Letters of Theodore and Sophie Bost, 1851-1920

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From rear cover notes: "In many outward ways, Theodore and Sophie Bost were typical of the immigrants and pioneers who settled the Minnesota territory. They struggled to clear their land, to shelter their growing family, to pay taxes; they suffered bitterly cold winters, hot summers, crop failures, locusts, and Indian uprisings. For most of their lives money was short and comforts were few. But in many other ways the Bosts were far from typical. They came from well-educated families. Both were fervent evangelical Protestants, full of emotion and piety but in no way dour or puritanical in their attitudes. Both were gifted writers able to evoke their surroundings, their neighbors, and their inner lives in prose that is vivid, precise, vigorous, and often profoundly moving. Theodore Bost, a French-speaking Swiss, came to America in 1951 at the age of seventeen. He taught school in New England for several years, then moved to the territory of Minnesota and established a farm near Lake Minnetonka, west of what is now Minneapolis. After a protracted courtship by correspondence, Sophie Bonjour, whom he had known only as a child, traveled to Minnesota and became his wife the day after her arrival in St. Paul. Despite this pragmatic beginning, their marriage was - to judge from these letters - remarkably tender, passionate, and harmonious for the more than 60 years they were together. These letters provide a rare insight into the psychological dimensions of the immigrant experience, the feeling of exile and uprootedness, the loneliness of the dweller among strangers at the edge of the forest. But, above all, Sophie and Theodore were (and through these letters, still are) warmly appealing, intensely human individuals. Without intending to do so, they wrote what amounts to a true-life novel about the first decades of settlement in the Big Woods of Minnesota."

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