Legends by Tom "Forty Rod" Taylor

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Legends is the story of many people and many places, a story repeated many times throughout history, but it is told here through the lives of two young people and their adventures during the late Nineteenth Century and the beginning of the Twentieth, those last great days of the great American "Wild West". The story weaves through a number of historical places and events, and many actual historical people interact with the fictional characters of the story. While the town and ranches may never have existed, many of the other places are still there to this day, and may be seen be by those who would venture there. Follow Jack and Marty and their friends and families, from their first meeting and their early lives, through their discoveries and education, and be with them as they cross the continent from Colorado to the Atlantic and back again. Live with them as they discover friendship, love, and parenthood, and as they survive tragedy; and enjoy discovering with them the new technologies on the brink of The Twentieth Century. Cheer along with them their triumphs and mourn their losses, and experience with them their fears and doubts, hopes and dreams, as you follow along with them on their daily quest to simply survive and prosper, to raise their families, and to make their world a better place. Finally, watch as Jack and Marty develop into adulthood, living their daily lives and raising their own family, and share their fortunes and misfortunes and that of those around them while they left their marks upon our history. Go with them as they face the challenges of every day life to become the true Legends of the great story that is The American West and see the west and its people as it truly was.

About Tom "Forty Rod" Taylor

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Taylor, a prolific dramatist, was the editor of Punch from 1874 to 1880. He was educated at Glasgow University, where he distinguished himself as a student; later he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and served for two years as a professor of English at University College, London. When Taylor settled in London, he worked for both the Morning Chronicle and The Daily News. Despite his journalism, however, he is best remembered as the author of more than 100 plays over a 35-year span. While few survive as outstanding literary achievements, Taylor was immensely successful in his own day, and apparently only one of his plays was an outright failure. In 1871 the playwright was accused by the Atheneum of plagiarizing most of his works---a common practice in the early-nineteenth-century theater but less savory during the later Victorian years. Only one-tenth of his plays were adaptations, he replied; the rest were original. Indeed, some of the most popular plays were adaptations of works by Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The most successful plays were the domestic comedies Our American Cousin (1858) and The Ticket-of-Leave Man (1863). Our American Cousin is memorable as the play that was being performed at Ford's Theater in Washington the night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Taylor is also notable for his collaboration with the novelist Charles Reade on a number of historical dramas, the most famous of which is Two Loves and a Life.
Published May 30, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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