Sent special delivery from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, the royal blue hardback arrived in a battered padded envelope. In simple, gold lettering; Smoky Pass, Aubrey Boyd.
The novel’s author, Aubrey Fair Boyd, was the University’s first student to have been born on the American West Coast.
Born in Seattle on 4 September 1890, Aubrey came to Glasgow in 1908 and graduated with an Arts degree in 1914. In his time as a student, he published several short stories in the Glasgow University Magazine and served as its Editor from 1910-1911.
Smoky Pass was first published in 1932 and told of the adventures of Ed Maitland. A young boy living in turn of the century Seattle, Ed finds himself in a row boat surrounded by Frenchmen of more than questionable character. In true Wild West fashion, the adventure takes the gang all the way to a Mountain Pass and the hide-out of the infamous outlaw Buck Tracy.
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By Fiona Scott, Scottish Literature and French (MA)