Introduction* Horace Gregory introduces William Carlos Williams' collection of essays. * Gregory warns the reader against the trap that history can be and against regarding history as truth. * Gregory admires Williams' approach to history for its freshness and for its appreciation of how our history shapes the American national identity. * Gregory admires Williams' prose for its lyricism and beauty.
Red Eric* Eric the Red was exiled from Iceland for killing a man who killed his slaves. * As Eric was leaving Iceland, Thorgest tried to steal from him, but Eric took his property back, and in the ensuing chase, two of Thorgest's sons were killed. * Eric makes a new start in Greenland. * Eric's son, Lief Erickson, sails to Norway, a journey of 1000 miles, and back. * Lief brought back news that Olaf had issued an edict against Eric. * When Eric grew old, his daughter Freydis went with the other Greenlanders to...
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