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The opal desert : explorations of fantasy and reality in the American Southwest

Author: Peter Wild
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The opalescent deserts of the American Southwest have become romantic icons in the public imagination through the words of writers, the images of artists and photographers, and the visual storytelling of filmmakers. In this spirited, personal, beautifully written book, Peter Wild explores the lives and works of sixteen writers whose words have shaped our visions of the opal desert. Wild begins with Cabeza de Vaca,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wild, Peter, 1940-
Opal desert.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607390977
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Wild
ISBN: 0292791283 9780292791282 0292791291 9780292791299
OCLC Number: 40762502
Description: 219 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Cabeza de Vaca: flaming entrails, burning trees --
William L. Manly: the classic account of deserta horribilis --
J. Ross Browne & Samuel W. Cozzens: happy travelers through lost lands --
Charles F. Lummis: the showman with the shining right hand --
Mary Austin: beauty, madness, death, and God --
John C. Van Dyke & the desert aestheticians --
William T. Hornaday: the happy travelers, part 2 --
John Wesley Powell & William E. Smythe: God smiles on the irrigationists --
J. Smeaton Chase: our Araby --
Joseph Wood Krutch: the pronuba moth and the modern dilemma --
Edward Abbey: Ned Ludd arrives on the desert --
Ann Zwinger & Charles Bowden: pondering these things in her heart; Tacitus flips out --
Peter Reyner Banham: wheeled voyeur from overseas --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Peter Wild.
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