Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the West

ISBN-10: 0375759328
ISBN-13: 9780375759321
Edition: 2002
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Description: Written by one of America's greatest writers, historians and environmentalists, this text is about the West (USA), describing its landscapes, writers and place in the American imagination.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Written by one of America's greatest writers, historians and environmentalists, this text is about the West (USA), describing its landscapes, writers and place in the American imagination.

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.

T.H. Watkins, who wrote numerous books, was best known as the author of "Righteous Pilgrim," winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for Biography & a finalist for the National Book Award & the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Biographical Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Personal
Finding the Place: A Migrant Childhood
Letter, Much Too Late
Crossing into Eden
Habitat
Thoughts in a Dry Land
Living Dry
Striking the Rock
Variations on a Theme by Crevecoeur
A Capsule History of Conservation
Witnesses
Coming of Age: The End of the Beginning
On Steinbeck's Story "Flight"
George R. Stewart and the American Land
Walter Clark's Frontier
Haunted by Waters: Norman Maclean
The Sense of Place
A Letter to Wendell Berry
The Law of Nature and the Dream of Man: Ruminations on the Art of Fiction
Afterword

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