Film, Video The Explorer King: Adventure, Science and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West

About this Item

Title
The Explorer King: Adventure, Science and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West
Summary
Robert Wilson discussed his new biography, "The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West," in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book. "The Explorer King" (Scribner, 2006) examines the life of Yale-educated Clarence King, who helped create the new American West of the 19th century. King went west in 1863 at age 21 as a geologist-explorer. During the next decade, he scaled the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada; published a popular book, "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada," now considered a classic of adventure literature; and initiated a major land survey of the American West. In 1872 King uncovered one of the greatest financial frauds of the century, The Great Diamond Hoax, in which claims of a diamond field in Wyoming turned out to be bogus.
Event Date
February 08, 2006
Notes
-  Robert Wilson, who has been an award-winning editor at Preservation Magazine and Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress, now edits The American Scholar.
Related Resources
Center for the Book: https://www.loc.gov/cfb
Running Time
56 minutes 29 seconds
Online Format
video

Rights & Access

While the Library of Congress created most of the videos in this collection, they include copyrighted materials that the Library has permission from rightsholders to present.  Rights assessment is your responsibility.  The written permission of the copyright owners in materials not in the public domain is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. There may also be content that is protected under the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations.  Permissions may additionally be required from holders of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights). Whenever possible, we provide information that we have about copyright owners and related matters in the catalog records, finding aids and other texts that accompany collections. However, the information we have may not be accurate or complete.

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.

Credit Line: Library of Congress

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

The Explorer King: Adventure, Science and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West. 2006. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-3842/.

APA citation style:

(2006) The Explorer King: Adventure, Science and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-3842/.

MLA citation style:

The Explorer King: Adventure, Science and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West. 2006. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/webcast-3842/>.

More Films, Videos like this