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The literary west : an anthology of western American literature
Lyon, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1937-
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 444 pages ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
1120 Lexile.

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PS561 .L58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Thomas J. Lyon, Professor of English, Utah State University.

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Booklist Review

Featuring more than 40 selections, this anthology provides a tantalizing overview of western American literature from the sixteenth century to the present. Lyon has carefully chosen a representative range of essays, stories, plays, poetry, and excerpts from novels and journals to most accurately reflect both the historical evolution and the essential diversity of the western experience. From the colorfully simplistic to the starkly realistic, the American West as a literary subject has consistently intrigued a broad spectrum of readers. Celebrated authors such as John Muir, Owen Wister, Zane Gray, Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Wallace Stegner, and Amy Tan are predictably included, but a host of lesser-known, multicultural writers are also represented. A culturally and historically significant literary collection. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Conquistador, the Lone Ranger, and Beyond
A Western Chronology, With 200 Significant Titles
"The Sun's Myth"Kathlamet Chinook (oral tradition)
[Ventura to Santa Barbara in 1776], from Pedro Font's DiaryPedro Font
[North Dakota journals from the spring of 1805], from The Journals of Lewis and ClarkLewis and Clark
"Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep," from My First Summer in the SierraJohn Muir
"The Valley of the Virgen," from Tertiary History of the Grand Canon DistrictClarence Dutton
Winnemucca from Life Among the PiutesSarah
"Under the Lion's Paw," from Main Traveled RoadsHamlin Garland
Wister from The VirginianOwen
"My Neighbor's Field," from The Land of the Little RainMary Austin
London "All Gold Canyon," from Moon-face and Other StoriesJack
Grey from Riders of the Purple SageZane
Cather from O Pioneers! from My AntoniaWilla
Scarborough from The WindDorothy
"Granite and Cypress" "Tor House" "November Surf" "Gray Weather" "Signpost" "The Answer"Robinson Jeffers
Standing Bear "Nature," from Land of the Spotted EagleLuther
Steinbeck Chapters 1, 2, and 3, from The Grapes of WrathJohn
Chapters 31 and 32, from The Big SkyA.B. Guthrie, Jr.
Chapter 1, from ShaneJack Schaefer
Waters "Hopi Ceremonialism," from Masked GodsFrank
Villarreal from PochoJose Antonio
"In Response to a Question" "Speaking Frankly" "Representing Far Places" "Montana Eclogue"William Stafford
"Introduction" to The Way to Rainy MountainN. Scott Momaday
"Dancing," from DancingAl Young
Chapter 4, from Farewell to ManzanarJeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
"The Great American Desert," from The Journey Home Wallace Stegner Part l chapter 5, from RecapitulationEdward Abbey
"True West"Sam Shepard
"B. Traven Is Alive and Well in Cuernavaca," from The Anaya ReaderRudolfo Anaya
"Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout" "Marin-An" "Anasazi" "Magpie's Song" "True Night"Gary Snyder
"On Water," from The Solace of Open SpacesGretel Ehrlich
Chapter 16, from Last of the BreedLouis L'Amour
"The Last of the Menu Girls," from The Last of the Menu GirlsDenise Chavez
"The Centaur" "The Poplar's Shadow" "Camping in Madera Canyon"May Swenson
"Afterword" from Frog Mountain BluesCharles Bowden
"Waverly Jong: Rules of the Game," from The Joy Luck ClubAmy Tan
"Snowy Plovers" from RefugeTerry Tempest Williams
William Kittredge "Reimagining Warner," from Heart of the Land
"Days of Heaven," from In The Loyal MountainsRick Bass
"Why I Am a Danger to the Public," from Homeland and Other StoriesBarbara Kingsolver
"Creations," from Heart of the LandLinda Hogan
Guide to Further Reading