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State-owned publisher to release book on frontiersman Glass

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota State Historical Society is preparing to release a book about frontiersman Hugh Glass, whose tale is told in the Hollywood blockbuster "The Revenant."...

PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota State Historical Society is preparing to release a book about frontiersman Hugh Glass, whose tale is told in the Hollywood blockbuster "The Revenant."

The book "Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor" by Mitchell historian James D. McLaird is to be released in May, KELO-AM reported.

Glass was attacked by a grizzly bear near Lemmon, South Dakota, in 1823. He crawled 200 miles to get revenge on his fur trapping companions who had left him for dead. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of Glass in "The Revenant," which was beat out for best picture at the Academy Awards but won for best cinematography.

"Hugh Glass continues to be a larger-than-life character who occupies a significant place in American folklore," said Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of the South Dakota Historical Society Press. "However, little has been done to create an accurate historical biography."

McLaird, professor emeritus of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, said researching Glass was a challenge.

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"Had it not been for a chance encounter with a grizzly bear along the Grand River in what is now northwestern South Dakota, Hugh Glass would barely warrant a passing note in fur trade history," he said.

Other books published by the state-owned press have featured Old West legends Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, and prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

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