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Babb, Sanora

Overview
Works: 23 works in 58 publications in 1 language and 3,502 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Short stories  Bibliography  Periodicals  Records and correspondence  Sources 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3552.A17, 813.54
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Whose names are unknown : a novel by Sanora Babb( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poor but proud Dunne family and their friends struggle to survive on the dust-plagued prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, but discover bitter disappointment in the orchards and vineyards of the so-called promised land of California
On the dirty plate trail : remembering the Dust Bowl refugee camps by Sanora Babb( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1930s exodus of "Okies" dispossessed by repeated droughts and failed crop prices was a relatively brief interlude in the history of migrant agricultural labor. Yet it attracted wide attention through the publication of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and the images of Farm Security Administration photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein. Ironically, their work risked sublimating the subjects-real people and actual experience-into aesthetic artifacts, icons of suffering, deprivation, and despair. Working for the Farm Security Administration in California's migrant labor camps in 1938-39, Sanora Babb, a young journalist and short story writer, together with her sister Dorothy, a gifted amateur photographer, entered the intimacy of the dispossessed farmers' lives as insiders, evidenced in the immediacy and accuracy of their writings and photos. Born in Oklahoma and raised on a dryland farm, the Babb sisters had unparalleled access to the day-by-day harsh reality of field labor and family life. This book presents a vivid, firsthand account of the Dust Bowl refugees, the migrant labor camps, and the growth of labor activism among Anglo and Mexican farm workers in California's agricultural valleys linked by the "Dirty Plate Trail" (Highway 99). It draws upon the detailed field notes that Sanora Babb wrote while in the camps, as well as on published articles and short stories about the migrant workers and an excerpt from her Dust Bowl novel, Whose Names Are Unknown. Like Sanora's writing, Dorothy's photos reveal an unmediated, personal encounter with the migrants, portraying the social and emotional realities of their actual living and working conditions, together with their efforts to organize and to seek temporary recreation. An authority in working-class literature and history, volume editor Douglas Wixson places the Babb sisters' work in relevant historical and social-political contexts, examining their role in reconfiguring the Dust Bowl exodus as a site of memory in the national consciousness. Focusing on the material conditions of everyday existence among the Dust Bowl refugees, the words and images of these two perceptive young women clearly show that, contrary to stereotype, the "Okies" were a widely diverse people, including not only Steinbeck's sharecropper "Joads" but also literate, independent farmers who, in the democracy of the FSA camps, found effective ways to rebuild lives and create communities."--Publisher description
Cry of the Tinamou : stories by Sanora Babb( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lost traveler by Sanora Babb( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in Kansas in the 1930s, this is the gripping story of a professional gambler, Des Tannehill, and his family. The father, a complex and magnetic man, is portrayed from the perspective of his willful and proud daughter Robin"--Amazon.com
The best American short stories, 1960 : and the Yearbook of the American short story by Martha Foley( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told in the seed : poems by Sanora Babb( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cross section 1945 : a collection of new American writing by Edwin Seaver( Book )

1 edition published in 1945 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whose names are unknown a novel by Sanora Babb( Recording )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poor but proud Dunne family and their friends struggle to survive on the dust-plagued prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, but discover bitter disappointment in the orchards and vineyards of the so-called promised land of California
The dark earth and other stories from the great depression by Sanora Babb( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An owl on every post by Sanora Babb( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sanora Babb experienced pioneer life in a one-room dugout, eye-level with the land that supported, tormented and beguiled her; where her family fought for their lives against drought, crop-failure, starvation, and almost unfathomless loneliness. Learning to read from newspapers that lined the dugout's dirt walls, she grew up to be a journalist, then a writer of unforgettable books about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, most notably Whose Names Are Unknown. The author was seven when her parents began to homestead an isolated 320-acre farm on the western plains. She tells the story through her eyes as a sensitive, fearless young girl who came to love the wind, the vastness, the mystery and magic in the ordinary. This evocative memoir of a pioneer childhood on the Great Plains is written with the lyricism and sensitivity that distinguishes all of Sanora Babb's writing. An Owl on Every Post, with its environmental disasters, extreme weather, mortgage foreclosures, and harsh living conditions, resonates as much today as when it first appeared. What this true story of Sanora's prairie childhood reveals best are the values - courage, pride, determination, and love - that allowed her family to prevail over total despair"--Amazon.com book description
Clay( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sanora Babb collection by Sanora Babb( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Manuscripts and printed material
Letters to Sanora Babb by William Saroyan( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

34 letters written primarily between 1932 and 1934, to another young author. Comments on his current writing, his background, theories of writing, other authors, etc. Letter (Apr. 4, 1932) contains five unpublished poems
with Theodore Dreiser by Sanora Babb( )

1 edition published in 1945 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Theodore Dreiser letters by Theodore Dreiser( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Also, to Marguerite Tjader Harris, 8 June 1937, detailing his current living arrangements; two to Senora [sic] Babb, 26 Aug, . 1941 and 22 Dec. 1943, seeking to make friends and asking for a Spanish reader to review a translation of one of his novels
Jack Conroy papers by Jack Conroy( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Correspondence, works, scrapbooks, subject files, magazines, journal submissions, photographs, family papers, and ephemera documenting the life and literary output of Jack Conroy
Whose Names Are Unknown by Sanora Babb( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.act2080.0029.003
The California Quarterly : Ed. : Sanora Babb, Leslie Edgley, Thomas McGrath, Wilma Shore, [etc...]. Vol. II. No 2, Winter 1953( Book )

1 edition published in 1953 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Whose names are unknown : a novel
Alternative Names
Sanora Babb American writer

Sanora Babb US-amerikanische Autorin, Journalistin und Poetin

Languages
English (58)

Covers
On the dirty plate trail : remembering the Dust Bowl refugee campsCry of the Tinamou : storiesThe lost travelerTold in the seed : poems