In the 1890s Ed Watson came to the Florida wilderness known as the Ten Thousand Islands. Rumours about his violent past and ungovernable temper accompanied him and the islanders soon learned to respect and to fear him. In time he became the most successful man in the islands. The first novel in Peter Matthiessen s acclaimed Watson trilogy, this powerful book builds a portrait of its complex central character through the multiple voices of those who knew him. Through the shifting, changing narratives of people like Watson s own daughter Carrie, a plume hunter called Bill House and the Sheriff Frank Tippins, Matthiessen drives his story relentlessly forward to a bloody and violent conclusion. Based on his researches into the real-life figure of Watson, he has produced a novel that brilliantly conveys the fetid and unforgiving landscape of the Florida swamplands and the character of a man who came to dominate them.
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Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.About the Author:
Winner of the National Book Award and the American Book Award, Peter Matthiessen is the author of over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Snow Leopard " (1978), "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (1965), "Far Tortuga" (1975), "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" (1992), and "Bone by Bone" (1999). Ilan Stavans teaches at Amherst College. He is the author of "The Hispanic Condition" (1995), "Art and Anger" (1996), and "The Riddle of Cantinflas" (1998), and editor of "The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays" (1997).
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Book Description Harvill Pr, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1860464173