Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:1 (February 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Near the end of his introduction, Edward A. Geary states that "the pages that follow are neither guidebook, nor travel narrative, nor natural history, nor social history, nor literary history, nor personal essay, though they incorporate elements from all these genres" (p. 3). While the work does challenge classification, it presents a massive accumulation of details that vividly portrays the interaction between an extraordinary landscape and a remarkable people. Geary accomplishes this through twelve intriguing chapters.