America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 36-37.

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Manfred, Frederick.  Lord Grizzly.  New York: McGraw, 1954.

Frederick Manfred was a giant of a man who had giant literary ambitions that he never quite fulfilled.  But, in the effort, he produced a diverse and very substantial body of work.  For the most part, his fictions explore the history and culture of the West and, in particular, of his native region of the northern Great Plains, which he called “Siouxland.”

Manfred sought not just to write the “great American novel,” but a cycle of novels that would be comparable to Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha cycle.  From 1949, the novels of Manfred’s “World’s Wanderer” trilogy, a coming-of-age saga, were published to generally positive reviews.  Then, over the next decade and a half, he produced (among other works) a tetralogy of novels about the opening and settlement of the Great Plains: Lord Grizzly (1954), Riders of Judgment (1957), Scarlet Plume (1964), and King…

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