Books: Frontier Fiction

DON'T You CRY FOR ME—John Weld—Scribner ($2.75). John Weld's novel recounts the ardors, agonies and occasional pleasures of a wagon train in its ox-paced procession, in the year 1846, from Independence, Mo. to California. The collective difficulties stack up, in the course of nearly 500 pages, into considerable pain and narrative power. The troubles of the naively conceived individuals are considerably less impressive.

THIS LAND Is OURS—Louis Zara—Houghton Mifflin ($2.75). By pure bulk of fodder this 776-page narrative of the Revolutionary frontier will satisfy munchers of romance as much as its mixture of admirable...

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