Other Literary Forms
Robert Montgomery Bird is better known as a novelist than as a dramatist. In his dramas, Bird was clearly moving toward the subject matter that would form the basis for his two earliest novels, Calavar: Or, The Knight of the Conquest (1834) and The Infidel: Or, The Fall of Mexico (1835)—romances dealing with Mexican Indians. Yet Bird is better remembered for his novels set in indigenous North American settings—The Hawks of Hawk-Hollow: A Tradition of Pennsylvania (1835) and Nick of the Woods: Or, The Jibbenainosay, a Tale of Kentucky (1837)—than he is for his Mexican romances. In addition, Bird published a volume of short fiction, Peter Pilgrim: Or, A Rambler’s Recollections (1838), and several works of nonfiction, including Sketch of the Life, Public Services, and Character of Major Thomas Stockton of New-Castle, the Candidate for the Whig Party for the Office of Governor of Delaware (1844) and A Brief Review of the Career, Character, and Campaigns of Zachary Taylor (1848).