“A work of beauty and force. . . a major achievement.”
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Ruth Whitman was an American poet, translator, and professor. She was a founding member of Alice James Books. Her honors and awards include a Senior Fulbright Writer-in-Residence Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Bunting Institute Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Her poems were published in literary journals and magazines including AGNI and Ploughshares.
“Ruth Whitman has recreated the journal that Tamsen Donner lost on her nightmarish journey to California in 1846. With a grant from the National Endowment, Whitman traveled along the route of the Donner party, keeping her own diary and watching the American landscape unfold as it did to the eyes of a ninteenth-century New Englander. The journal, transforming historical fact into poetic insight, is a testimony to the optimism, dogged survival, integrity and courage of a woman pioneer.”
“Ruth Whitman is a poet whose language takes on the harsh beauty of the land Donner crosses towards California in 1846…This is Tamsen’s journey, the journey that now draws us to Whitman’s luminous retelling.”
—The Boston Globe
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