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The Curse of Chief Tenaya

Carrozzi, Craig J., The Curse of Chief Tenaya (San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 2002)
Taking place in 1891, this novel tells the story of an aging '49er who is given the job of hunting the last Grizzly of Hetch Hetchy. John Muir makes a cameo appearance near the end of the book. A series of flashbacks brings back the legendary Gold Rush days. Carrozzi dedicates the book "In memory of the lost Hetch Hetchy Valley.... May it soon rise from its watery grave."
Read Chapter One from the publisher's web site.
Read Book Review by W. Tucker Clark

McCarthy, Gary, Yosemite (New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 1995) Paperback.
An epic story, this 1995 novel tells the story of Yosemite, from 1800 through 1903, primarily through fictional Indians, pioneers, mountain men and portrayals of the non-fictional John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt.

Zanita, A tale of Yosemite by Therese YelvertonYelverton, Thérèse, Zanita: A Tale of the Yo-Semite (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1991) Originally published in 1872 by Hurd & Houghton, New York. Preface by Kate Reed, Introduction by Margaret Sanborn.
This novel's chief interest lies in the fact that the author, coming to Yosemite Valley and living there for a season in the spring of 1870, appropriated the inhabitants as characters of her tale. The hero of the novel is John Muir himself - under the name of Kenmuir. Zanita is only a thin disguise for Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hutchings' daughter Florence (Floy). Much of the writing is excruciatingly florid, but the quotes attributed to Muir seem to have actually been things Muir said or might have said.
Read an Excerpt from University of Virginia.


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