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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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ragments 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.
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Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City in 1927 and had already begun his writing career by the time he graduated from Yale University in 1950. The following year, he was a founder of The Paris Review. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he published six other works of fiction, including Far Tortuga and Killing Mister Watson. Matthiessen's parallel career as a naturalist and explorer resulted in numerous widely acclaimed books of nonfiction, among them The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and The Snow Leopard, which won it. Matthiessen died in 2014.
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Book Description Harvill Pr, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1860464173