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Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert by Patricia Nelson Limerick

Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert


Desert Passages Encounters with the American Desert by Patricia Nelson Limerick

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.


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.

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Publication date

15th May 1985


Patricia Nelson Limerick

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University of New Mexico Press


218 pages


Literary studies: general



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