Author: Alfred Henry Lewis


These tales by the Old Cattleman have been submitted to perhaps a dozen people. They have read, criticised, and advised. The advice was good; the criticism just. Some suggested a sketch which might in detail set forth Toffville; there were those who wanted something like a picture of the Old Cattleman; while others urged an elaboration of the personal characteristics of Old Man Enright, Doc Peets, Cherokee Hall, Moore, Tutt, Boggs, Faro Nell, Old Monte, and Texas Thompson. I have, how-ever, concluded to leave all these matters to the illustrations of Mr. Remington and the imaginations of those who read. I think it the better way-certainly it is the easier one for me. I shall therefore permit the Old Cattleman to tell his stories in his own fashion. The style will be crude, abrupt, and meagre, but I trust it will prove as satisfactory to the reader as it has to me.

A. H. L.
New York, May 15,1897.


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Chicago: Alfred Henry Lewis, "Preface," Wolfville, ed. Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934 in Wolfville (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1897), Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84LQ17JTBLXFDRS.

MLA: Lewis, Alfred Henry. "Preface." Wolfville, edited by Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934, in Wolfville, Vol. 22, New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1897, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84LQ17JTBLXFDRS.

Harvard: Lewis, AH, 'Preface' in Wolfville, ed. . cited in 1897, Wolfville, Doubleday, Page & Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84LQ17JTBLXFDRS.