Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure

William B. Jones

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Synopsis: Arkansas Historical Association's Susannah deBlack Award
Arkansas Center for the Book's Book of the Year
Arkansas State Library Arkansas Gem

Petit Jean Mountain, a dramatic promontory in the Arkansas River Valley, owes its name to a legend that has endured for centuries. Marguerite, a young Parisian lady disguised as a cabin boy, accompanies her fiancé on a voyage to the New World to redeem the land grant he has earned in service to the king. Hiding in plain sight as Petit Jean (Little John), she proves herself more than capable of the demands of the journey. Drawing on variants of the legend, William B. Jones sets his fictional narrative in the French Colonial era during the reign of Louis XV. Taking his reader on a journey across the Atlantic, through Louisiana Territory, to a beloved natural landmark, Jones spins a tale of mistaken identity, love, and adventure.

About the Author: William B. Jones is a writer, attorney, and teacher. He is the author of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History; editor of Robert Louis Stevenson Reconsidered; co-editor of A Spectrum Reader; and contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies and Icons of the American Comic Book. He has written more than 100 introductions for the revived Classics Illustrated series. He has two sons, Will and Stephen, and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife, costume designer Yslan Hicks.

Gary Zaboly specializes in historical illustration and writing focusing on American frontier history. He has authored many articles as well as seven books, including A True Ranger: The Life and Many Wars of Major Robert Rogers, An Altar for Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts (winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award), and The American Colonial Ranger: The Northern Colonies, 1724 1764. He is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians and a founding board member of the Alamo Battlefield Association. He lives in New York City.

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