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Lewis & ClarkLegacies, Memories, and New Perspectives$
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Kris Fresonke and Irene Bloemraad

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228399

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228399.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Lewis & Clark

Kris Fresonke

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   Lewis and Clark, Journals, editorial problems, revisions, Nicholas Biddle, Patrick Gass, literary criticism

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