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A Wonder to Dread: Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Her Sources f

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Transcript of A Wonder to Dread: Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Her Sources f

"A Wall Before Kentuck": Elizabeth Madox Roberts' Sources for The Great Meadow
Elizabeth Madox Roberts 1881-1941
Roberts' famous children's poem, "The Woodpecker" from her book
Under the Tree
.
Roberts is best known for her novels
The Time of Man
(1926) and
The Great Meadow
(1930), both Pulitzer Prize nominees.
Set in 1744,
The Great Meadow
is a story of pioneers who travel the Wilderness Road across Cumberland Gap.
Roberts' characters Diony and Berk Jarvis settle in the great meadow of Central Kentucky
The novel tells the story of their life in and near Fort Harrod.
The novel was made into a motion picture in 1931.
Roberts' historical research for The Great Meadow was conducted at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville.
The Filson houses notes, manuscript materials, and historical materials Roberts used for research.
List of Roberts' Sources
William Brown's Notebook
The Diary of William Calk
Joseph Doddridge's
Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars
John Filson's T
he Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke...including Daniel Boone's own Memoir
The Journal of Captain Richard Henderson
Gilbert Imlay's ...
Present State of Kentucky
James Otis'
Hannah of Kentucky
The Memoirs of Benjamin Van Cleeve
Thomas Speed's
The Wilderness Road
The Memoirs of Dr. Thomas Walker
William Brown's Journal (1782,1790)
"Cumberland Mountain appears to be a very high ridge of white rocks inaccessible in most places to either man or beast . . . The way through the gap is not very difficult, but from its situation travelers may be attacked . . . by the enemy"
William Calk's Diary (1775)
"We . . . come to a turable mountain that tried us all almost to death to git over it"
Joseph Doddridge
"The solitude of the night was interrupted only by the howl of the wolf, and by the melancholy moan of the ill-boding owl, or the shriek of the frightful panther"
John Filson's
Present State of Kentucke,

including Daniel Boone's Memoir

"The aspect of these cliffs is so wild and horrid that it is impossible to behold them without terror. The spectator is apt to imagine that nature had formerly suffered some violent convulsion; and that these are the dismembered remains of the dreadful shock; the ruins, not of Persepolis or Palmyra, but of the world!"
"Hit's a fearful place. I wouldn't, oh, I wouldn't go into hit . . . you'd almost think monsters to be there (
The Great Meadow
164).


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