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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."
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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 the Yo-Semite
(Berkeley: Ten Speed Press,
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.
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