Francis Parkman (1823-1893) was one of America's first and greatest historians, author of such narrative masterpieces as The Oregon Trail, France and England in North America and The Conspiracy of Pontiac. David Levin (1924-1998), volume editor, was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of History as Romantic Art: Bancroft, Prescott, Motley, and Parkman, In Defense of Historical Literature, and Cotton Mather: The Young Life of the Lord's Remembrancer: 1663-1703.
"France and England in North America is the greatest history ever written by an American, even counting Henry Adams. A thousand years from now, if there are still Americans, Parkman will be their Homer." --The Washington Post