The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt and His Times
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About the Author
Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Sergeant Salinger (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in January 2021); Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin; The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt and His Times; In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song; Jerzy: A Novel; and A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. Among other honors, his novels have been selected as finalists for the Firecracker Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Charyn has also been named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.
A rendering of Teddy Roosevelt's early life that spotlights formative moments in colorful, entertaining episodes. Charyn makes artful use of historical fact and fiction's panache to capture the man before he became one of the great U.S. presidents and a face on Mount Rushmore.
Marked from beginning to end by restlessness and adventure.... A ripping, enjoyable yarn.--Keir Graff, Booklist
Who wouldn't want to grow old like Jerome Charyn? Now in his 80s, the prolific writer seems ever more daring. Charyn has found a path all his own -- neither a substitute for biography nor a violation of it.... For fans of Roosevelt, this is tremendous fun.... One of the melancholy pleasures of this novel is the contrast it continually presents to our current president. The reviewer's handbook says I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I have to offer some praise for this unusually witty dust jacket. It strikes just the right tone, as does this delightful novel.--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Undeniably, a marvel.... Charyn's empathetic first-person strategy keeps the tone sprightly positive.--Jean Zimmerman, New York Times Book Review
Graced with vivid, vigorous writing.... [Charyn] has written the rousing yarn advertised in his title and dust jacket, and he has written it well.--Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal
Charyn captures Roosevelt's doubts, aspirations and ebullient spirit.... A lively, warts-and-all portrait of an irrepressible man.--Mary Ann Gwinn, Newsday