Great Plains Reader

ISBN-10: 0803288530
ISBN-13: 9780803288539
Edition: 2003
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 730
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

The Great Plains are as rich and integral a part of American literature as they are of the North American landscape. In this volume the stories, poems, and essays that have described, celebrated, and defined the region evoke the world of the American prairie from the first recorded days of Native history to the realities of life on a present-day reservation, from the arrival of European explorers to the experience of early settlers, from the splendor of the vast and rolling grasslands to the devastation of the Dust Bowl. Several essays look to the future and explore changes that would embolden the people of the Plains to continue to call home this place they have learned to value in spite of its persistent challenges. The infinite variety of the Great Plains landscape and its people unfolds in works by writers as diverse as Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe), Diane Glancy (Cherokee), Langston Hughes, Wes Jackson, Garrison Keillor, William Least Heat-Moon, Kathleen Norris, Wright Morris, Francis Parkman, O. E. Rölvaag, Mari Sandoz, William Stafford, Mark Twain, Douglas Unger, James Welch (Blackfeet), and Canadians Sharon Butala and Sinclair Ross. From tribal histories to the impressions of travelers today, from tales of isolation and nature’s furious storms to accounts of efforts to build communities, from flights of fancy to nuanced observations of the ecology of the grasslands, this comprehensive volume provides a history of the intricate relationships of land and people in the Great Plains.

Foreword: What Is in This Reader
Introduction: Toward a Definition of the Great Plains
The Lay of the Land
The Nature of the Plains: Impressions
Excerpt from The Names
Excerpt from Great Plains
The Subtlety of Land
The Flow of the River
Atop the Mound
Plains Nature: Natural Histories
The Lawns of God
In Response to a Question
Excerpt from The Rites of Autumn
Seasons of the Sandhill Crane
Spring 4
From a Naturalist's Notebook
Coffee Cup Cafe
Red Glow in the Western Sky
Under Old Nell's Skirt
Another Tornado Dream
The Question Mark in the Circle
Natives and Newcomers on the Great Plains
First Stories: Native American Accounts
When the Buffalo Herd Went West
A Legend of Devil's Lake
The Great Vision
Crow Butte
The Holy Dog
Excerpt from Waterlily
Impressions of an Indian Childhood
Father's Milk
Deer Dancer
For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash ...
Deer Ghost
Stories of Exploration and Travel: Newcomers' Accounts
Excerpts from "The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado,"
Excerpt from The Lewis and Clark Journals
Excerpt from From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains
On the Trail
October \ From the Back Screen of the Country
Excerpts from Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico
The Grand Prairie--A Buffalo Hunt
The Platte and the Desert
Preface to The Oregon Trail, 4th ed.
Preface to The Oregon Trail, illustrated ed.
Land of the Crippled Snake
Excerpts from Roughing It
Arriving and Settling in
Ishmael Bush's Camp
Prairie Land
Calling Myself Home
Red Clay
Return: Buffalo
Among the Corn Rows
A Story of the Highlands
September \ Peru, Kansas
A New Homestead
The Farm on the Great Plains
God's Country
Excerpt from Killing Custer
Dear John Wayne
Adapting to a New Country
Surviving Nature's Storms
A Field of Wheat
Dust Bowl (A Sequence)
The Water Witch
Creating Communities in America
Neighbour Rosicky
Excerpt from Peder Victorious
The Christmas of the Phonograph Records
A Gravestone Made of Wheat
What the Indian Means to America
Americanize the First American
End of the Failed Metaphor
Oklahoma, 1922
The Great Plains Community
The Great Plains Community
The Passing of Priscilla Winthrop
The Old Halvorson Place
A Person in My Life
Wild Land
Excerpt from The Home Place
Excerpt from Badlands
Excerpt from Leaving the Land
A Tropical Holiday
Life Is Good
Home on the Range
Red-Letter Days
The Tomahawk Factory
Going to the Post Office
The Rescued Year
Sustaining America's Grasslands
Sea Change
Matfield Green
Source Acknowledgments
Index of Works by Author

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