Hi all, I received this email yesterday and said I would forward it to the
list. I don't know any more about it than what is here, so you should send
any queries to Patrick rather than to me. -Tom

*I seek either a proven writer, preferably, or an outstanding doctoral
student whom I would consider a “generalist,” who engage multidisciplinary
methods in their scholarly pursuits.  *

*I have been involved for 35 years researching and publishing regarding how
the image of the mountain man is depicted in 35 differing categories
appearing in American Culture.*

*Example: Patrick McCarthy, **“‘Westers,' Not Westerns’: Exteriorizing the
‘Wild Man Within,’” Journal of Popular Film & Television 23(3) (Fall 1995):

*I have terminal cancer, and there’s much to done to bring my efforts to
full fruition, so it’s necessary to turn over my main project to a
deserving, qualified, if accomplished, person.*

*This individual could be an historian, psychologist, folklorist,
sociologist, anthropologist, feminist, men’s studies specialist, or,
conceivably, a combo of all of the aforementioned.  *

*Precisely, another scholar and I have accumulated enough information and
materials to create a hefty, 26-chapter, two-volume book, which would be
the definitive work about the mountain man’s depiction throughout American
Culture (including historical literature) and would, ostensibly, be a
bestseller.  *

*Please bear in mind, the working title for the work is: “The Mountain Man
Paradigm: A Psycho-Cultural Reader.”  But once I turn the reins over to
you, the project is yours to develop.*

*All you need to do is: (1) perform additional, required research about the
modern mountain man rendezvous, updating what we have done; (2) further
organize all existing information and materials; (3) and, finally, edit the
entire manuscript and locate a publisher.*

*However, I have a book contract with the best epublisher in America.  I
would consider transferring that book contract, sans any exchange of
monies, to the right person.*

*If you are the final candidate, you would have to undergo an on-site
interview, at your expense, at my safe place of residence in Boise, Idaho.

*If we mutually agree that you are the one person for the job then and
there, that part of the deal is complete, with the epublisher option a
second part of the agreement to be decided.  *

*I will help you all I can for as long as I can, writing a psychological
analysis of ultra-famous trapper Jedediah Strong Smith’s inner life, for
one chapter, and, for another chapter, providing an overall psychological
appraisal of the mountain man’s character in general.  *

*The process for determining the likely person to assume my research and
writing is completely transparent, and all queries will be promptly
answered.    *

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*Patrick McCarthy, PhD*

Tom Lynch
Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Editor, *Western American Literature*
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