THE MANLY-HEARTED WOMAN by Frederick Manfred


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Manfred, best known for his Lord Grizzly of the middle '50's and for other hirsute novels of earlier days, has also written extensively about the American Indian. Here he has converted one of their legends into a small novel. The woman of the title is a ""she-husband"" who has reversed the role and annexed a young girl, Prettyhead, as her so-called wife. But all will change with the arrival of blushing brave Flat Warclub--his weapon said to be only good enough for a louse--until he proves that other one with several girls including Prettyhead while Manly Heart submits first to womanly curiosity, later to the desire to have a child. But Flat Warclub and thirty of his Yankton Dakotas go off to confront their old enemies, the Omahas, who come to establish peace until hostilities erupt taking the life of Flat Warclub. He will be mourned proprietarily and exclusively by Manly Heart who then becomes the old, forgotten Silent Woman. . . . Manfred seems more subdued than we remember him, lumbering across his native prairie, and this is just a modest story for the quiet hour in some tepee--once you find it.

Pub Date: Dec. 30th, 1975
Publisher: Crown