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A Frank Waters reader : a Southwestern life in writing
Waters, Frank, 1902-1995.
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Works. Selections. 1999
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Athens : Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, [2000]

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xxviii, 328 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Over the course of his life, Frank Waters amassed a body of work that has few equals in the literature of the American West. Because his was a writing that touched every facet of the Western experience, his voice still echoes throughout that region's literary world.

Swallow Press is especially proud to present this generous sampling of Frank Waters's writings. A Frank Waters Reader encompasses the full range of his work and draws from both his nonfiction and his many novels. It stands as a testament to his singular achievement and proof of the talent that established him as the foremost writer in the Southwest.

This collection spanning forty years of writing provides an excellent introduction for the uninitiated as well as a retrospective for those already familiar with this giant talent. His gift for achieving a delicate balance among the many contrary forces at work in the land and the people who inhabit it is as true and enduring as the region that inspired him.

Author Notes

Frank Waters was born in July 1902 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is an author of novels and historical works about the American Southwest. His first novel after college was entitled Fever Pitch (1930). He then wrote a series of autobiographical novels beginning with The Wild Earth's Nobility (1935). In 1936, Waters left L.A. and moved back and forth between Colorado and New Mexico, continuing to write and completing a biography of W. S. Stratton, Midas of the Rockies. When World War II broke out, Waters moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. There, he performed the duties of a propaganda analyst and chief content officer. Waters' masterpiece, The Man Who Killed the Deer, was published in 1942.

In 1953, Waters was awarded the Taos Artists Award for Notable Achievement in the Art of Writing. Waters also held positions as information consultant for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, New Mexico. He established the Frank Waters Foundation in 1993 which is a nonprofit organization with the goal of promoting the arts, specifically those in the spirit of the creativity of Frank Waters. The members of the FWF operate under the motto "Sheltering the creative spirit", by providing a retreat for artists to live and work among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Frank Waters died at his home in Arroyo Seco on June 3, 1995.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The author of 27 works of fiction and nonfiction, Waters (1902-95) is best remembered for his depiction of Native Americans and the American Southwest. Editor Lyon (The Literary West: An Anthology of Western American Literature) here presents Waters's best writing, including chapters from 14 of his books, from Fever Pitch (1930) to his posthumous Of Time and Change: A Memoir (1998). Waters is at his best when combining memories of Western life, passionate descriptions, and a sense of the natural beauty of the environment. He seeks a compromise between the technological and the spiritual world when, in The Woman at Otowi Crossing for example, he confronts the conflict between Native American culture and the development of atomic weapons. Much of Waters's work is an expression of his emotions, mystical beliefs, intellectual consciousness, and perceptive insight into humanity and nature, all of which merge with a tumultuous intensity. This compilation is a delight, effectively sharing the author's life and lifelong passion for the American West through his prose and a selection of photographs. Recommended for all libraries.DCynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1. The Wild Earth's Nobility (1935)p. 1
Chapter 2. Below Grass Roots (1937)p. 22
Chapter 3. Masked Gods: Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism (1950)p. 37
Chapter 4. The Colorado (1946)p. 47
Chapter 5. The Dust within the Rock (1940)p. 55
Chapter 6. Fever Pitch (1930)p. 69
Chapter 7. The Yogi of Cockroach Court (1947)p. 75
Chapter 8. People of the Valley (1941)p. 94
Chapter 9. Of Time and Change: A Memoir (1998)p. 123
Chapter 10. The Man Who Killed the Deer (1942)p. 145
Chapter 11. El Crepusculo (1949-1951)p. 185
Chapter 12. The Woman at Otowi Crossing (1966, revised 1987)p. 189
Chapter 13. Pumpkin Seed Point: Being within the Hopi (1969)p. 243
Chapter 14. Mountain Dialogues (1981)p. 277
Chapter 15. Flight from Fiesta (1986)p. 315
Books by Frank Watersp. 323
Further Readingp. 327