Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert

by Patricia Nelson Limerick

Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert Synopsis

This lively book traces the development of American attitudes toward the desert using case studies from the writings of John C Fr+(c)mont, William Lewis Manly, Mark Twain, William Ellsworth Smythe, John Van Dyke, George Wharton James, Joseph Wood Krutch, and Edward Abbey.

Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert Press Reviews

A small, bright gem of a book. She moves easily from the broad historical background to close textual analysis in a prose that is always sharp, lively, incisive, and readable. . . . succeeds splendidly in making the desert a rich environment for cultural history. A small, bright gem of a book. She moves easily from the broad historical background to close textual analysis in a prose that is always sharp, lively, incisive, and readable. . . . succeeds splendidly in making the desert a rich environment for cultural history. This is an important book. It is also a beautifully written book, and it takes its major energies not only from its scholarship, intelligence, and graceful writing but also from that genre of deep, personal, disciplined engagement from which proceeds the best work in American studies. . . . reminds me very much of Henry Nash Smiths Virgin Land.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826308085
Publication date: 15th May 1985
Author: Patricia Nelson Limerick
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 218 pages
Categories: Geography, Literary studies: general,

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