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  • Noble, Marguerite - Filaree: A Novel of an American Woman $14.95
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Filaree: A Novel of an American Woman
by Marguerite Noble

This moving novel of pioneer life in Arizona is destined to become a classic. Based on the life of the author's mother, it overturns every stereotype of western womanhood.

o Comes closer to the truth and the validity of the so-called winning of the West than anything I have ever read. It is terrifying, heartbreaking and remarkable. . . . Filaree is also one of the most magnificent portraits of a woman that exists in our literature. - Howard Fast

o I loved Filaree, I didn't just read it, I crawled between the pages and lived it."--Lily Tomlin

o "An extraordinary performance. . . . a powerful antidote to the romantic illusions some people have about ranch people and life on the range. . . . As a writer, Mrs. Noble makes no compromises. She tells her story in plain country American dialect, offers no exaggerated sex or violence, no vulgar talk. She is a realist in the best sense, a breath of fresh air in these free-wheeling times."         --C. L. Sonnichsen

o ". . . an engrossing tale . . . recommended for historical fiction readers." --The Midwest Book Review

o "Filaree . . . celebrates her adaptability and accomplishment. This novel is a spunky commemoration of the stubborn spirit of the frontier to resist, survive, and prevail." --Western American Literature

o "The literature style of Filaree is simple, fitting to the people, time, place." --Library Journal

Note: Marguerite Noble passed away on January 1, 2007.



Arizona Rough Riders - from the Marguerite Noble Collection
Stories of Arizona Rough Riders, under the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, are well known.

On February 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain. The call went out for volunteers. In ten days Arizona's quota of 200 men filled, leaving 800 disappointed aspirants behind.

They had the distinction of being the first group of volunteers in the U.S. to mobilize. In Cuba the death of their captain, Buckey O'Neill, of Prescott, had a demoralizing effect on the Arizona men.

Before the Arizona volunteers left the states, the Phoenix Chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic presented them with a flag they had hand sewn. This banner was the first to fly on Cuban soil. It rests in the State Capitol Building - tattered, weather-worn, and carrying three bullet holes.

 They trained in San Antonio. The citizens were tolerant of their antics. William Owens, of Globe, shot out the lights in a street car. No punishment. It earned him the name of Shoot-Em-Up-Bill.

 Horses issued them were not always under control. One man wrote' "some of the damn horses bucked like hell." The cowboys of the regiment earned extra money by breaking the horses for inexperienced troopers at $10 a head.














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