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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Francis Parkman (1823-1893)

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Francis Parkman, historian and novelist, was born in Boston, but set out in his early years to explore the West beyond the Rocky Mountains. The knowledge of wilderness life and American Indian culture he gained on these trips served as a basis for much of his later work. Parkman wrote both histories and historical novels. Though he suffered from poor eyesight and other health problems in later years, he kept working. Parkman produced articles and a horticultural treatise, and taught for a year at Harvard. Though notable for his wide-ranging interests, Parkman gained a lasting reputation as one of America's foremost historians.

Works in the EAF Collection

Vassall Morton. A Novel (1856) (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)