My Dear Horace Kephart: Letters from George Mac Reynolds and Louise Rhead

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alex Foote (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
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Brian Gastle

Abstract: Horace Kephart was a renaissance man of his day. A librarian, author, and impassioned outdoorsman, he maintained a career at the St. Louis Mercantile Library before moving to North Carolina in 1904. Kephart wrote extensively on camping, woodcraft, and wildlife. He also worked to establish the smoky mountain national park. To offer a sense of his personality and appreciation for both the human-made and the natural world, he wrote the following in a letter dated Oct. 2, 1888 to friend Harry Koopman: “Imagine Boston or Florence set in the midst of the Yellowstone Park with no suburbs or even a farm within 200 miles – that’s my idea of paradise! When a fellow wanted to he could go to the public library or the opera, when he wanted to, he could walk right out into the primeval truth of things and cuss the universe of shams – be Samuel Jonson and Daniel Boone by turns!”(26). The ensuing letters from 1916 reflect Kephart’s foothold in both the professional and natural worlds.

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Language: English
Date: 2015

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