Novel Adventures; the life and writing of General Charles King (1844 - 1933)
- It was a time of high romance, when noble causes were openly fought with force of arms and righteous conviction. Character virtues such as courage, honor and strength were prized and rewarded, while traits such as cowardliness, duplicity and thievery were despised and punished. Modest soldiers with hearts pure and brave in battle became "lost at sea" in formal parlor rooms vying with a rival ally for the attention of a dove-eyed sweetheart. Elegant women in beautiful evening gowns would swoon and faint into the strong arms of their heart-throbs as battles of a different passion raged in the darkness outside. Such was the time of soldier and author General Charles King.
The literary novels of Charles King (1844-1933) reflect Victorian ideals, morals and views, played out on Western frontiers, the Civil War, and the Spanish Philippines. His melodramatic stories are based on his personal adventures with the U.S. Army. King was a popular author in his day, publishing over 60 novels and numerous short stories. Yet today he is known mostly for one title, Campaigning With Crook, an autobiographical history based on his journal of the U.S. Army's Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition of 1876.
online exhibit; read more selections of his writings paired with notable illustrations from his novels
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