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Lyra and Silas Garber: A First Couple in Frontier History and in Willa Cather's "A Lost Lady"

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson

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ISBN 10: 1889921165 / ISBN 13: 9781889921167
Published by Western Edge Pr, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., 2002
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Very good condition first edition softcover. Inscribed by author on half title page. Head lightly bumped, some fading on rear cover. Bookseller Inventory # 0016358rt

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Title: Lyra and Silas Garber: A First Couple in ...

Publisher: Western Edge Pr, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In the late 19th century, Lyra and Silas Garber were well known in Nebraska. Silas Garber was the founder of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and the state's fourth governor. When Lyra came to Nebraska in 1875 as Silas' much younger bride, she was known for her beauty, fashionable dress, and social grace. The Garbers are not only significant in the history of Nebraska, but also gained national fame due to their association with American writer Willa Cather, whose controversial novel, _A Lost Lady_, was patterned after the Garbers' lives. The Garbers' personal story is told against the backdrop of American history from the Civil War through the California Gold Rush, frontier settlement, the building of the railroads, and a wildly fluctuating economy. Sure to interest readers of both history and literature, this biography sheds new light on the question of fiction versus fact in the painful and fascinating saga of a high-profile couple in early Nebraska.

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