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Lover's Lead Legends: From Sappho of Lesbos to Wah-Wah-Tee of Waco

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kinsey Brooke

It’s beyond sad! Beautiful Indian maiden jumps to her death when controlling chieftain father disapproves boyfriend from an enemy tribe. Across America are cliffs where “many moons ago” such tragedies are said to have occurred. Researching their new book, Lover’s Leap Legends, Leland and Crystal Payton concluded Richard Dorson got it right—these stories are indeed “fakelore.”

The new 352-page, $35, all-color book is filled with postcards and souvenirs of Lover’s Leaps from Maine to California and a few overseas. The authors photographed some of the most famous jumping-off spots, including Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, the first identified in the US starring a Native American girl. Mark Twain ridiculed that one—Winona, the heartbroken Dakota maiden, landed on her oppressive parents killing them, freeing her to marry the brave of her choice. These fables illustrated how saccharine Romanticism flavored pop culture in nineteenth century America.

Lover’s Leap Legends is the definitive visual sourcebook for an American tradition that is as disturbing as it is amusing.” –Jared Farmer, author of On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape.

“An inherently fascinating, beautifully illustrated, impressively informative, expertly organized and presented study, Lover’s Leap Legends: From Sappho of Lesbos to Wah-Wah-Tee of Waco, is an extraordinary, unique, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.”—Midwest Book Review.


Lens & Pen Press’s new book, Lover's Leap Legends, won a bronze medal in the competitive Popular Culture category of the 2020 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Lover’s Leap Legends is available for half price, $17.50 postage paid.

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