Carolyn Smith, "The Literary Image of Daniel Boone: A Changing Heroic Ideal in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Popular Literature" (Ph.D. thesis, Department of English, University of Utah, 1974)

Boone Myth
Northrop Frye, ANATOMY OF CRITICISM (Princeton, 1957), denotes five heroic types: mythic, romantic, tragic, realistic, and ironic. She suggests that most depictions of DB in the nineteenth century (typical: Flint) conform to the romantic type: a man, not a god, but superior to other men and his environment; prodigies of courage and endurance, unnatural to us, are natural to him; the facts of reality are somewhat suspended in his tale. As a realistic hero (she finds this to be the 20th century portrayal, typified by Bakeless) he is neither superior to other men nor his environment; his power to act is limited by the laws of probability, the pressures of society, and the influence of other men; his conflicts thus become moral ones involving his own motives and behavior in the context of social strife. What would it mean to be an ironic hero? (SMITH2:5n)

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