Marriage is the dominant theme of these eight powerful stories about men and women on the widely scattered frontiers of the Ohio River Valley and the Old West. The rawhide knot symbolizes the rough exigencies binding the lives of Conrad Richter's pioneer couples. The title story portrays the death of Sayward Hewett Wheeler and, by long flashback, her marriage in the Ohio wilderness to a shy, bookish, outcast easterner. From "The Rawhide Knot" Richter developed his trilogy The Awakening Land. Entanglements no less curious, courtly, and consequential are seen in "As It Was in the Beginning," "Smoke over the Prairie," "The Simple Life," "The Iron Shrine," "The Dower Chest," "Early Americana," and "The Flood." This posthumous collection shows Conrad Richter to be a prose stylist who borrowed the techniques of the ballad and cinema in compressing and fusing brilliant visual images. In a foreword, Harvena Richter notes her father's ability to create "tight mythic struc-tures." His work contains "a vastness of time and space which, however compacted on the page, expands in the reader's mind."
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Excellent short stories by the author of Sea of Grass. Conrad Richter is another voice, like Zane Gray, Wallace Stegner, Ivan Doig and Louis LAmore, that brings the old west alive. The majority of these stories concern weddings, nothing like marriage as we know it today. The first story will find you a little shocked at those differences, but by the end you are not sure which type of wedding is the shock-filled one. If you have not read Conrad Richter, or it has been years since you have, give him a go. Sea of Grass is - I am wordless. It will not be so long before I re-read this author.