Literary West An Anthology of Western American Literature

ISBN-10: 0195124618
ISBN-13: 9780195124613
Edition: 1999
Authors: Thomas J. Lyon
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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This anthology, gathered and introduced by distinguished western scholar Thomas J. Lyon, offers the panoramic literary range of the American West, from the romance of the mythic Wild West to the present-day creative explosion of the real, diverse West. The real West has been written about since first contact in the sixteenth century, in the diaries of explorers ranging from Franciscan missionary Pedro Font to Lewis and Clark. A Native American tradition of cultural expression preceded European settlers by thousands of years, and today a contemporary Native renaissance in fiction includes writers N. Scott Momaday and Linda Hogan. The naturalist John Muir stands at the beginning of a lineage of western nature writers, and successors including Mary Austin, Edward Abbey, and Rick Bass have raised ecological awareness of the West. Over the past century, there has also been a tremendous drive in western fiction to cut through the mythology spread by the "dime novels" that gained popularity in the 1860s; Owen Wister's The Virginian and Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage presented a simplified and heroic West that would hold sway in the public imagination until serious novelists like Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, and Wallace Stegner established a shadow country to the mythic frontier. Today, works coming from ethnic minority writers including Amy Tan, Denise Chavez, and Rudolph Anaya have helped bring the real, diverse West to light. This authoritative and adventuresome collection shows why the West has occupied such a prominent place in the national consciousness, and reveals that western writers may currently be mapping out a significant development in American thought.

Introduction: The Conquistador, the Lone Ranger, and Beyond
A Western Chronology, With 200 Significant Titles
"The Sun's Myth"
[Ventura to Santa Barbara in 1776], from Pedro Font's Diary
[North Dakota journals from the spring of 1805], from The Journals of Lewis and Clark
"Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep," from My First Summer in the Sierra
"The Valley of the Virgen," from Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District
Winnemucca from Life Among the Piutes
"Under the Lion's Paw," from Main Traveled Roads
Wister from The Virginian
"My Neighbor's Field," from The Land of the Little Rain
London "All Gold Canyon," from Moon-face and Other Stories
Grey from Riders of the Purple Sage
Cather from O Pioneers! from My Antonia
Scarborough from The Wind
"Granite and Cypress" "Tor House" "November Surf" "Gray Weather" "Signpost" "The Answer"
Standing Bear "Nature," from Land of the Spotted Eagle
Steinbeck Chapters 1, 2, and 3, from The Grapes of Wrath
Chapters 31 and 32, from The Big Sky
Chapter 1, from Shane
Waters "Hopi Ceremonialism," from Masked Gods
Villarreal from Pocho
"In Response to a Question" "Speaking Frankly" "Representing Far Places" "Montana Eclogue"
"Introduction" to The Way to Rainy Mountain
"Dancing," from Dancing
Chapter 4, from Farewell to Manzanar
"The Great American Desert," from The Journey Home Wallace Stegner Part l chapter 5, from Recapitulation
"True West"
"B. Traven Is Alive and Well in Cuernavaca," from The Anaya Reader
"Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout" "Marin-An" "Anasazi" "Magpie's Song" "True Night"
"On Water," from The Solace of Open Spaces
Chapter 16, from Last of the Breed
"The Last of the Menu Girls," from The Last of the Menu Girls
"The Centaur" "The Poplar's Shadow" "Camping in Madera Canyon"
"Afterword" from Frog Mountain Blues
"Waverly Jong: Rules of the Game," from The Joy Luck Club
"Snowy Plovers" from Refuge
William Kittredge "Reimagining Warner," from Heart of the Land
"Days of Heaven," from In The Loyal Mountains
"Why I Am a Danger to the Public," from Homeland and Other Stories
"Creations," from Heart of the Land
Guide to Further Reading

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