characteristic: “By reading for one minutes and then resting for an equal time, this alternate process may gradually be continued for about half an hour.
Then, after a sufficient interval, it may be repeated, often three or four times in the course of the day. By this means nearly the whole of the volume now offered has been composed.”
There is no more piteous or inspiring story of a fight against odds in the history of literature.
For after his fortieth year the enemy gave way a little, and book after book somehow got itself written.
There they stand upon the shelves, a dozen of them-The pioneers of France
, The Jesuit in North America
, La Salle
, The Old Regime
, Montcalm and Wolfe
, A half-century of conflict
-the boy's dream realized, the man's long warfare accomplished.
The history of the forest, as Parkman
saw it, was a pageant with the dark wilderness for a background, and, for the actors, taciturn savages, black-robed Jesuits, intrepid explorers, soldiers of France-all struggling for a vast prize, all changing, passing, with a pomp and color unknown to wearied Europe
It was a superb theme, better after all for an American than the themes chosen by Prescott