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Starr, Kevin

Overview
Works: 159 works in 368 publications in 4 languages and 13,979 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Aerial photographs  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Juvenile works  Didactic fiction 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Secretary
Classifications: PS2472, 813.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kevin Starr
Inventing the dream : California through the Progressive Era by Kevin Starr( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and Italian and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation With the exception of certain deliberate excursions to the north, this narrative is more than half concerned with the rise of Southern California in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus remains, as usual, the imaginative and symbolic aspects of experience as the imagination impinges upon social and psychological realities and in turn transforms the materials of experience into the building blocks of identity
California : a history by Kevin Starr( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a comprehensive history of the state of California describing its early native peoples, Spanish conquest, the Gold Rush of 1848, the railroad, San Francisco earthquake, and much more
Material dreams : Southern California through the 1920s by Kevin Starr( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. Although he treats readers to intriguing side trips to Santa Barbara and Pasadena, Starr focuses here mainly on Los Angeles, revealing how this major city arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, propounded the importance of water in Southern California's future, and how such figures as the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles) and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil ("Yes it's oil, oil, oil / that makes LA boil," went the official drinking song of the Uplifters Club), the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture (such as the remarkably innovative Bradbury Building and its eccentric, neophyte designer, George Wyman), the impact of the automobile on city planning, the great antiquarian book collections, the Hollywood film community, and much more. By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Kevin Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose
Endangered dreams : the Great Depression in California by Kevin Starr( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of California in the 1930s, discussing topics that include the depression, Utpon Sinclair's campaign for governor, Harry Bridges and the San Francisco general strike, and the public and private relief programs for the more than one million emigrants from the dust bowl
Golden Gate : the life and times of America's greatest bridge by Kevin Starr( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Golden Gate, a dazzling feat of engineering completed in 1937, is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakably American fashion. This is a passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, historian Kevin Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art--From publisher description
The dream endures : California enters the 1940s by Kevin Starr( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Or the new breed of female star - Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and the improbable Mae West - The Dream Endures is a brilliant social and cultural history
Coast of dreams : California on the edge, 1990-2003 by Kevin Starr( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Kevin Starr probes the possible collapse of the California dream in the years 1990-2003. Coast of Dreams moves through a variety of topics that show the California of the last decade, when the state was sometimes stumbling, sometimes humbled, but, more often, flourishing with its usual panache."
An Introduction to The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a novel about a poor family of sharecroppers who are driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry during the Great Depression
An introduction to The call of the wild by Jack London by Dan Stone( Recording )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Jack London's tale of an unusual dog--part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd--that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack
An introduction to My Ántonia by Willa Cather audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Willa Cather's novel about the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land of nineteenth century Nebraska
Embattled dreams : California in war and peace, 1940-1950 by Kevin Starr( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose, Kevin Starr's acclaimed multi-volume Americans and the California Dream is an unparalleled work of cultural history. Now, in Embattled Dreams, the sixth volume in this monumental work, Starr looks at 1940s California, the war years and their aftermath. California in the years surrounding World War II was a time of sweeping change, drama and intrigue, heroism and tragedy, a decade that saw the emergence of a new, more powerful role for California in the nation. Starr captures this exciting era with his unique vision and masterful prose. He describes the vast expansion of the war industry and California's role as "arsenal of democracy" (especially the significant part women played in the aviation industry). He examines the politics of the state: Earl Warren as the dominant political figure, the anti-communist movement and "red baiting," and the early career of Richard Nixon. He also looks at culture, ranging from Hollywood, to the counterculture with Henry Miller at Big Sur, to film noir and the fiction of Raymond Chandler. And he illuminates the harassment of Japanese immigrants and the shameful treatment of other minorities, especially Hispanics and blacks. Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Starr as "the foremost chronicler of that often fabulous region, imposing upon the dramatic elements of California history a novelist's imagination and a cosmopolitan and sophisticated intelligence." In Embattled Dreams, Starr provides an unforgettable portrait of California, a spell-binding account of the state as it transformed itself from a regional power to the dominant economic, social, and cultural force in the nation." http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/2001036047-d.html
Golden dreams : California in an age of abundance, 1950-1963 by Kevin Starr( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starr brilliantly illuminates the dominant economic, social, and cultural forces in California in these pivotal years. In a powerful blend of telling events, colorful personalities, and insightful analyses, Starr examines such issues as the overnight creation of the postwar California suburb, the rise of Los Angeles as Super City, the reluctant emergence of San Diego as one of the largest cities in the nation, and the decline of political centrism. He explores the Silent Generation and the emergent Boomer youth cult, the Beats and the Hollywood "Rat Pack," the pervasive influence of Zen Buddhism and other Asian traditions in art and design, the rise of the University of California and the emergence of California itself as a utopia of higher education, the cooling of West Coast jazz, freeway and water projects of heroic magnitude, outdoor life and the beginnings of the environmental movement. More broadly, he shows how California not only became the most populous state in the Union, but in fact evolved into a mega-state en route to becoming the global commonwealth it is today. -- Publisher description
Rooted in barbarous soil : people, culture, and community in Gold Rush California( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McTeague : a story of San Francisco by Frank Norris( Book )

24 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the text of the first edition of McTeague and background and sources and criticism of the book
Land's end by Kevin Starr( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In America's shadow by Mitchell T Maki( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of Japanese Americans from immigration to the World War II internment, as told through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather
Over California by Kevin Starr( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Americans and the California dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin Starr( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents California's early years, drawing from biographical and cultural records to reveal the dreams of the individuals who settled the state
Los Angeles : portrait of a city = Porträt einer Stadt = portrait d'une ville by Jim Heimann( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in 3 languages and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history of Los Angeles, this title examines the city's critical developments ranging from the real estate booms of the 1880s to the uncontrolled urban sprawl of the late 20th century
Circles of influence : Impressionism to Modernism in Southern California art, 1910-1930 by Sarah Vure( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Inventing the dream : California through the Progressive Era
Alternative Names
Kevin Starr American historian

Kevin Starr Amerikaans historicus

Starr, Kevin 1940-

Languages
English (192)

German (2)

Italian (1)

French (1)

Covers
California : a historyMaterial dreams : Southern California through the 1920sEndangered dreams : the Great Depression in CaliforniaGolden Gate : the life and times of America's greatest bridgeThe dream endures : California enters the 1940sCoast of dreams : California on the edge, 1990-2003Embattled dreams : California in war and peace, 1940-1950Golden dreams : California in an age of abundance, 1950-1963