Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Lost in the Woods

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on June 7, 2010

Singular Sufferings of Two Friends, who had lost themselves in an American Forest, York, England, C.Croshaw, Coppergate, [c.1801]
A chapbook telling the tale of two travelers who become lost in upstate New York while searching for honey. This narrative, which ends thankfully with both men  – and their plump canine companion – intact, is a pirated excerpt from St. John de Crevecoeur’s Voyage dans la haute Pensylvanie et dans l’état de New-York (1801), and is put to use to illustrate to British readers the dangers, rather than the appeal, of the beckoning North American frontier.