Is Eustace Conway ‘The Last American Man?’

By Amanda Festa 

Elizabeth Gilbert’s biography of Eustace Conway began as an article for GQ in 1998, but her affection for Conway began some time before that.  She fondly recalls her first meeting of Eustace in 1993, coming to the conclusion not long thereafter that he was, in fact, The Last American Man, which aptly became the title of her 2002 book.

Reading Gilbert’s work, it is clear that she is a talented and captivating writer.  Weaving Conway’s life and personal anecdotes with historical tales and literary legend, she paints a broad picture of a fading frontier landscape, in which ...

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