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Babb, Sanora

Overview
Works: 25 works in 73 publications in 2 languages and 3,714 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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On the dirty plate trail : remembering the Dust Bowl refugee camps by Sanora Babb( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 981 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
Whose names are unknown : a novel by Sanora Babb( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 656 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 lost traveler by Sanora Babb( )

10 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in English and held by 553 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."--BOOK JACKET. "A rich character study of the classic American individualist, The Lost Traveler also presents a picture, rare in American literature, of a brave, self-reliant young woman. Against the dark background of Tannehill's declining fortunes stand Robin's high spirits and intelligence as she experiences the turbulent emotions of first sexual love and rebels against the circumstances of the gambler's rambling life. The novel's depiction of Depression-era America and its lost families is one that will haunt readers long after the final page."--BOOK JACKET
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 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 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 74 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
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

The dark earth and other stories from the great depression by Sanora Babb( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
with Theodore Dreiser by Sanora Babb( )

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

An owl on every post by Sanora Babb( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An unsentimental portrait of homesteading in eastern Colorado, through the eyes of a young woman and her family living quietly courageous lives under primitive circumstances
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

Sanora Babb Papers by Sanora Babb( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Sanora Babb Papers, circa 1840s-2006 (bulk 1928-2005) consist of manuscript drafts, galley proofs, correspondence, photographs, publications, topical files, appointment books, notes and reflections, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, artifacts, audio material, and digital material related to the writer Sanora Babb, her sister, writer-photographer Dorothy Babb, and her husband, cinematographer James Wong Howe. The personal and professional papers provide diverse and comprehensive coverage of Sanora Babb's remarkable life--which spanned nearly a century--through extensive correspondence, writings, and photographs. The papers are organized into seven series: I. Literary Activities, II. Correspondence, III. Topical Files, IV. Photographs, V. Dorothy Babb, VI. James Wong Howe, and VII. Publications. Series I. Literary Activities includes products associated with Babb's writing and is arranged into six subseries: A. Short Stories, B. Published Books, C. Poems, D. Other Writings, E. Notes, Reflections, Story Ideas, and F. Related Material. Though Babb wrote and published in a variety of literary forms, she primarily considered herself a short story writer. Works are arranged in alphabetical order by title with untitled drafts, fragments, and miscellaneous works arranged at the end of each subseries. Within each title, the material is generally chronological following the order of literary production beginning with research notes through to published drafts. When applicable, related materials such as reviews, correspondence, or adaptations follow the drafts. Babb was an ardent and dedicated correspondent, exchanging lengthy, poignant, and sincere letters with family, friends, and professional associates that often span several decades. Series II. Correspondence is arranged into two subseries: A. Professional and B. Personal, each in alphabetical order by correspondent's name. This collection of letters documents many facets of Babb's life as a woman and as a writer. Series III. Topical Files contains Babb's address books, daily appointment books, research files, clippings, and files related to the business aspect of her writing. The series is in alphabetical order by topic. Babb enjoyed taking photographs of family and friends, as well as having her photograph taken. Series IV. Photographs includes black-and-white and color prints, negatives, cased daguerreotypes, cased hand-tinted prints on milk glass, tintypes, photo albums, and scrapbooks. Photographs in the collection span the duration of Babb's life. Included in Sanora Babb's papers is a small amount of her sister's personal papers. Series V. Dorothy Babb contains Dorothy's literary output, transcribed letters from Filipino-American writer Carlos Bulosan, still-life photographs, a Garden City Junior College yearbook, and assorted notes and clippings. Glass slides of Dorothy Babb's Farm Security Administration photographs have been separated and formed into the California Migrant Farm Workers Slide Collection in the Ransom Center's Photography Department. All original prints of these photographs were retained with the Sanora Babb papers. Series VI. James Wong Howe includes a small amount of material related to Babb's husband, cinematographer James Wong Howe. Articles, clippings, ephemera, letters, biographical notes, tributes, and sympathy cards form the bulk of this small series. Howe's professional papers are housed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Center for Motion Pictures Study and a collection inventory from that repository is also included in this material. Series VII. Publications are arranged in alphabetical order by title with the bulk consisting of magazines and literary journals containing Sanora or Dorothy Babb's published works, as well as issues retained for research related to particular writings. The Sanora Babb Papers includes numerous documents that were typed or printed on highly acidic paper. Over time, these sheets have deteriorated and are now very fragile. In order to diminish further deterioration caused by frequent handling, some original documents have been removed and restricted and replaced with photocopies or digitized images
Whose Names Are Unknown by Sanora Babb( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Ignoto è il loro nome by Sanora Babb( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An owl on every post by Sanora Babb( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"In this memoir, first published in 1970 and long out of print, Sanora Babb recalls her family's attempt to practice dry-land farming in eastern Colorado in 1913."--BOOK JACKET. "Leaving the relative security of a small town in Oklahoma, the mother and two daughters travel by train and wagon to join the father and grandfather at their isolated dugout. Here, Sanora (nicknamed Cheyenne) gradually comes to love her withdrawn grandfather and to appreciate the harsh beauty of the prairie environment."--BOOK JACKET
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
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
 
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Whose names are unknown : a novel
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Alternative Names
Sanora Babb American writer

Sanora Babb Amerikaans auteur (1907-2005)

Sanora Babb écrivaine américaine

Sanora Babb escritora estadounidense

Sanora Babb US-amerikanische Autorin, Journalistin und Poetin

Sanora Babb Αmerican writer

Σανόρα Μπαμπ Αμερικανίδα συγγραφέας

סנורה באב סופרת אמריקאית

سنورا بب نویسنده آمریکایی

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