The Song of Hugh Glass

John NEIHARDT (1881 - 1973)

This poem tells a story that begins in 1823 - just after the Leavenworth campaign against the Arikara Indians - and follows an expedition of Major Andrew Henry during a series of arduous journeys over the Trans-Missouri region. The poem focuses upon the relationship between two trappers - Hugh Glass and Jamie - who, after fighting and hunting together, consequently develop a close friendship. The poem revolves around the betrayal of Hugh by Jamie: who leaves Hugh alone "as good as dead" to die by the Missouri. But Hugh lives - and recovers against all odds, pushing on with murderous intent to track down the ex-friend who left him helpless and expiring. The final canto describes the moving denouement: Hugh and Jamie both are forced to recognize their own weaknesses, and then come to terms with the implications of their individual realizations. (Introduction by Godsend)

Genre(s): Narratives

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Graybeard and Goldhair Nathan
00:29:37
Play 02 The Awakening Nathan
00:11:55
Play 03 The Crawl Nathan
01:03:56
Play 04 The Return of the Ghost Nathan
00:16:22
Play 05 Jamie Nathan
00:19:35