The Diary Of A Forty-Niner edited
by Chauncey L. Canfield
Turtle Point Press, 1992, 193 pages, ISBN 0962798738, paperback,
Fine, unread condition, minor edge and shelf wear
Originally published in 1906. The diary "purported to be the experiences of Alfred T. Jackson, a pioneer miner who . worked on Rock Creek, Nevada County, California".
'Is it a diary, a reminiscence or cultural mythology? Is it history, fiction, or personal narrative? The Diary of a Forty-Niner offers itself to be read in all these ways, and therefore has enormous appeal to the contemporary reader.
The book has importance not only to those fascinated by Western history, but also to the legal and environmental historian. The Diary can also be read as an old fashioned romance. Transience and nostalgia, always just below the surface, impart a Cather-like poignancy to the narrative.'