Lucky 7: A Cowman's Autobiography by Will Tom CarpenterLucky 7: A Cowman's Autobiography by Will Tom Carpenter

Lucky 7: A Cowman's Autobiography

byWill Tom CarpenterEditorElton MilesIllustratorLee Hart

Paperback | January 1, 1957

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"No. 7"—as Carpenter, the youngest of seven children, called himself—was born in Missouri in 1854 and moved west with his family, first to Kansas, then to the settlements near Pikes Peak, and finally, in 1872, to Texas with his elder brother. From the time he made his first cattle drive, he wanted no other life but that of herding longhorns across the free and flat grasslands of the West. His schooling was the trail, the campfire, the saddle. In 1900, after a full and active life, he retired to his own ranch west of the Pecos. As the years passed, he sadly watched the fences go up and the free range disappear. Thus this book came to be written from the longing memory of a time-stranded cowman. He tells his story in the hard-punching, gritty language, direct humor, and attachment to bald fact and frank opinion that characterize the true Westerner.

Elton Miles has provided an introduction that fills in the details of Carpenter's life and completes a "vivid picture of the genuine old-time cowman," as Southwest Review observed.

About The Author

Elton Miles (1917–1995) was Professor of English at Sul Ross State University.

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Title:Lucky 7: A Cowman's AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1957Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292732945

ISBN - 13:9780292732940

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Rolling Our Dough
  • Right up with the Best
  • Topped Off for Texas
  • The Wide, Wide World
  • Wells and Barbed Wire