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Book Notes




The Life and Adventures of Daniel Boone. By Michael A. Lofaro. (Lexington:

University Press of Kentucky, 1978. x + 141p.; map, illustrations, bibliography.)

This brief biography, part of the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf, provides an

easily-read introduction to Boone and his times. Besides the standard account of his

life, Lofaro adds numerous anecdotes such as the fact that James Fenimore Cooper

used Boone as a model for many of his fictional frontiersmen. The author's work

will provide general readers with all the facts about the life of Daniel Boone.

Scholars can only regret, though, that only a simple narrative has been attempted;

the epilogue has no more than a paragraph discussing Boone as a mirror of "the

conflict of civilization and the wilderness," the "spirit of America." Such a study

would have much more value for an understanding both of Boone and ourselves as

Americans; after all, as Lofaro notes, the Boy Scouts of America were patterned by

their founder, Dan Beard, on the image of Daniel Boone.



The Delawares: A Critical Bibliography. By C. A. Weslager. (Bloomington:

Indiana University Press, 1978. viii + 84 p.; bibliographic essay. Published for the

Newberry Library, History of the American Indian Bibliographical Series.) Critical

bibliographies can be uniquely informative sources, especially in areas of history

where many contributions have yet to be made. Weslager's selective bibliography

omits some journal articles and all manuscript sources, on the grounds that they are

too difficult to find. He discusses the many different types of work being done on the

Delawares, such as investigations of their figurative emasculation and enforced

feminization after a defeat by the Iroquois in 1742. The author points out fields in

which more work needs to be done and recommends books for a basic library

collection on the subject; works suitable for secondary school students are also

denoted. Overall, this bibliography and the series of which it is a part are useful

reference tools, especially for those with little or no background in American Indian




Discographies of Commerical Recordings of the Cleveland Orchestra (1924-

1977)and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1917-1977.) Compiled by Frederick

P. Fellers and Betty Meyers. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978. xii +

211p.; indices, appendices, bibliographies.)Marshall Mcluhan's exhaltation of the

spoken as opposed to the written word is only one demonstration of the fact that the

annals of our society are increasingly made up of recorded sound. Discographies

classify recordings of all kinds and will become ever more numerous in the future.

The authors have identified all commercial recordings, whether released or not, of

Ohio's two premier orchestras. There is a composer index, performing artist index,

bibliography, and historical introduction for each symphony. Music libraries in

particular will find this a useful addition to their reference shelves.