Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

ISBN-10: 0142437522

ISBN-13: 9780142437520

Edition: 2003

Authors: John Wesley Powell, Wallace Stegner, John Wesley Powell

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What started as a scientific expedition turned into a harrowing adventure through some of the roughest and most beautiful country in America. It was May of 1869 when a Civil War veteran and nine other men descended with four boats into a branch of the Colorado River for what they believed would be a ten-month excursion through the last unmapped territory of the continental United States. Three months and one thousand miles later, six emaciated men in two boats emerged in the open waters of the Virgin River. They had survived famine, attacks, mutiny, and some of the most dangerous rapids known to man. Their story, recounted by John Wesley Powell in his journals, remains as fresh and exciting today as it did in 1874 when it first appeared in serial form in Scribner's magazine. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

The Valley of the Colorado
Mesas and Buttes
Mountains and Plateaus
Cliffs and Terraces
From Green River City to Flaming Gorge
From Flaming Gorge to the Gate of Lodore
The Canyon of Lodore
From Echo Park to the Mouth of the Uinta River
From the Mouth of the Uinta River to the Junction of the Grand and Green
From the Junction of the Grand and Green to the Mouth of the Little Colorado
From the Little Colorado to the Foot of the Grand Canyon
The Rio Virgen and the Uinkaret Mountains
Over the River
To Zuni
The Grand Canyon
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