Our Literary Outdoors
Literature ofÂ the Sportsmanâ€™s Guide Lifestyle
This past year, The University of Minnesota Press releasedÂ Border Country:Â The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906â€“1916. Below is their release on the book:
Border CountryÂ is a collection of the remarkable, handmade journals from businessman Howard Greeneâ€™s early 1900s canoe trips to the north woods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Canada. Reproduced with numerous photographs and maps, these journals are a window into a world at once familiar and strange, the wilderness caught on the verge of becoming the North Woods we know today.
A distinction with this collection of journals is that it is introduced and annotated byÂ Howard Greene’s daughter,Â Martha Greene Phillips. Therefore,Â Border Country has a personal, familial tone towards the contents. Howard Greene is referred to as “dad” and Martha Greene’s background knowledge of her father’s experiences (as well as “The Gang”) gives keen insight and understanding to his life and work.
Border Country is loaded with photographs from Howard Greene’s Graflex camera, including pictures of the actual journals. The journal excerpts are at times presented as writtenâ€¦in lists or with frequent indentation. Recipes, packing lists, and even logs of daily meals are included. It is truly a thorough and thoughtful compilation capturing the spirit of the North Woods as he witnesses logging, mining, and trading endeavors as well as encounters with Native Americans.
Look for a more detailed review of the book in January.