By George Philip,Mick B. Harrison,Cathie Draine
Finalist, Autobiography/biography/Memoirs, Benjamin Franklin Awards, 2008
“George Philip’s reminiscences of existence as a cowboy at the South Dakota diversity on the flip of the 20 th century are as clean as an unbroken bronc, but professional with the mature mirrored image that simply age and adventure convey. Philip is a pleasant story teller within the culture of Andy Adams and ("Teddy Blue") Abbott.”—B. Byron cost, Director, Charles M. Russell middle for the examine of paintings of the yankee West
“George Philip’s hugely literate letters, written to his childrens a few seventy years in the past, current a cowboy’s first-hand view of an open-range period lengthy because vanished. usually humorous, sometimes unhappy, they sparkle with life.”—Elmer Kelton, writer of the great outdated Boys
“Within the big physique of autobiographies, letters, and memoirs of cowboy existence, George Philip’s reminiscences rank one of the best.”—Richard W. Slatta, from the afterword
As a tender guy, George Philip emigrated from Scotland to flee a harsh apprenticeship. In 1899, he arrived at the doorstep of his uncle, James (“Scotty”) Philip, patriarch of 1 of South Dakota’s prime ranching households. For the subsequent 4 years, Philip rode as a cowboy for his uncle’s L-7 livestock outfit in the course of the heyday of the final open variety. however the cowboy period used to be a quick one, and in 1903 Philip grew to become in his string of horses and hung up his saddle to go into legislation institution in Michigan. With a legislation measure in hand, he back to South Dakota to perform within the wide-open western cities of citadel Pierre, Philip, and fast City.
In those candid letters, Philip tells his kids that his existence was once a normal one, yet his memoirs quick dispel that inspiration. He presents attention-grabbing insights into the improvement of the West and of South Dakota. His writing info the cowboy’s day by day paintings, from branding and roping to navigating around the plains through stars and buttes because the nice open levels slowly closed up. The areas and characters of the variety locate lifestyles in Philip’s mix of humor, hard-nosed “horse-sense," and poignant reflection.
"[Philip] was once a usual born yarn spinner."—True West
"An exciting and insightful check out the day by day lifetime of a cowboy in the course of the heyday years of the open range."—Reference & study e-book information
"Each [letter] is nearly a mini-essay designed to extol the realities of cowboy existence . . . "—True West
"George Philip's letters are a excitement to learn . . . "—James D. McLaird, South Dakota History