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CHRISTINE'S READING ROOM


A Word From The Essayist;


If you're looking for scholarly dissertations rife with footnotes, you won't find them on these pages. The essays you're about to read are informally written and, for the most part, come without a lot of references. But they also come out of a lifelong fascination with the American West, beginning with my earliest memories of TV-watching (Rin-Tin-Tin, The Lone Ranger) and going on through the start of what turned out to be 35-plus years' worth (from early high school on) of reading and study. Social history has always been a fascination of mine--not what happened when or what king followed which, but how people lived--and, since I'm well aware I have an unreliable memory, I kept meticulous notes from the start. The material in these essays has been extracted from those notes--seven full-size loose-leaf notebooks and six small ones, plus a card file for my Native American customs references--and from an extensive private reference library that includes literally several thousand books, many of them now out of print. Where I could be certain of a specific reference, I've credited it, but because my notes were originally intended to serve as references for fiction, and most novels (at least most of the ones I've read) don't include bibliographies, I never got into the habit of writing down where I had discovered which item. I'm given to understand that the late Georgette Heyer, the founding mother of the modern Regency romance, did the same thing. Just think of me as the Georgette Heyer of the Western genre.

If there's some specific subject you'd like me to address in a future essay, I hope you'll drop me an e-mail and let me know. And if you can suggest a book relating to any of the subjects I've already covered, I'm always eager to hear about more good references. You can reach me at sevenstars39@hotmail.com.

And I hope, too, that you'll find these essays both interesting and useful; I certainly tried to make them both. As former New York Mayor Ed Koch used to ask, "How'm I doin'?"

~ Christine Jeffords

The Essays

DEAR OLD GOLDEN RULE DAYS:
Schools and Education in 19th-Century America" ~ NEW!
 
GET OFF MY LAND:
How Settlers Settled It, Claimed It and Fought Over It
 
DIME NOVELS:
The Popular Paperback of the Nineteenth century
 
"THE LADIES, GOD BLESS 'EM!":
Shady Ladies of the Old West
 
DOCTORS, HEALERS, AND HEALTH:
The State of Medicine in the Old West
 
"HERE SHE COMES!": The Stagecoach




The Stories
Magnificent Seven Fan Fiction


Transgressions
 
Redemption
 
Brothers
 
Brothers II
 
Darcy
 
Before They Were Seven ~ Christmas Past
 
JAMESBURG: Convergence
 
JAMESBURG: Horse Thieves

Comments to author Christine Jeffords


Thank you! You are the guest to visit my library.


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