Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes is a series of novels by William T. Vollmann about the settlement of North America and the conflicts between natives and settlers. Each volume focuses on a different episode in North American history, with most also including digressions and chronological departures. The narrator is credited throughout as William the Blind. The series will comprise seven novels; five books have been published so far.
- Volume 1: The Ice-Shirt (1990) is about the arrival of the Vikings in North America (9th-10th centuries).
- Volume 2: Fathers and Crows (1992) is about the efforts of Jesuit missionaries in Canada (16th-18th centuries).
- Volume 3: Argall (2001), written in a 17th-century prose style, is about the settlement of Jamestown (17th century).
- Volume 4: The Poison Shirt (unpublished), either "concerning the Puritans vs. King Philip of Rhode Island," or Captain Cook's voyage to Hawaii (17th or 18th century).
- Volume 5: The Dying Grass (2015), "about the destruction of the Plains Indian tribes" (18th-19th centuries).
- Volume 6: The Rifles (1994) is about Sir John Franklin's attempt in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific, and also discusses Vollmann's experiences among the 1990s Inuit (19th-20th century).
- Volume 7: The Cloud-Shirt (unpublished), "Navajo vs. Hopi (or possibly Navajo vs. oil company) in Arizona" (20th century).
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