Re-imagining the Modern American West
A Century of Fiction, History, and Art
He discusses novelists from Jack London to John Steinbeck and on to Joan Didion. He covers historians from Frederick Jackson Turner to Earl Pomeroy and Patricia Nelson Limerick, and artists from Frederic Remington and Charles Russell to Georgia O’Keeffe and R. C. Gorman. The author places emphasis on women painters and authors such as Mary Hallock Foote, Mary Austin, Willa Cather, and Judith Baca. He also stresses important works of ethnic writers including Leslie Marmon Silko, Rudolfo Anaya, and Amy Tan. An intriguing survey of tendencies and trends and a well-defined profile of influences and outgrowths, this book will be valuable to students and scholars of western culture and history, American studies, and related disciplines. General readers will appreciate the book’s balanced structure and spirited writing style. All readers, whatever their level of interest, will discover the major cultural inventions of the American West over the past one hundred years.
Winner, Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book (National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum)
“This well-researched volume clearly marks him as something of an authority in the field of Western historiography.”—Publishers Weekly
“An excellent survey of the last century of fiction, history and art surrounding the image of the American West.”—Midwest Book Review
“Indispensable for anyone sharing an interest in the growth of the West in history and imagination!”—Book Talk, New Mexico Book League