This chapter introduces the reader to Lewis and Clark, starting with their published work, the Journals. The discussion includes the ways the Journals have been published and read, and notes that this literary document quickly passed into subliterary status, partly due to the fact that it wasn't published until 1814. The editorial problems of the Journals are then identified, followed by a section on the different revisions made by Nicholas Biddle and Sergeant Patrick Gass. The chapter also covers the literary criticism of the Journals, the important studies on Lewis and Clark, and the reasons why it is important to conduct a study on Lewis and Clark. A summary of the chapters is provided.
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