A Frank Waters Reader: A Southwestern Life in Writing

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Over the course of his life, Frank Waters amassed a body of work that has few equals in the literature of the American West. Because his was a writing that touched every facet of the Western experience, his voice still echoes throughout that region's literary world.

Swallow Press is especially proud to present this generous sampling of Frank Waters's writings. A Frank Waters Reader encompasses the full range of his work and draws from both his nonfiction and his many novels. It...

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Overview


Over the course of his life, Frank Waters amassed a body of work that has few equals in the literature of the American West. Because his was a writing that touched every facet of the Western experience, his voice still echoes throughout that region's literary world.

Swallow Press is especially proud to present this generous sampling of Frank Waters's writings. A Frank Waters Reader encompasses the full range of his work and draws from both his nonfiction and his many novels. It stands as a testament to his singular achievement and proof of the talent that established him as the foremost writer in the Southwest.

This collection spanning forty years of writing provides an excellent introduction for the uninitiated as well as a retrospective for those already familiar with this giant talent. His gift for achieving a delicate balance among the many contrary forces at work in the land and the people who inhabit it is as true and enduring as the region that inspired him.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The author of 27 works of fiction and nonfiction, Waters (1902-95) is best remembered for his depiction of Native Americans and the American Southwest. Editor Lyon (The Literary West: An Anthology of Western American Literature) here presents Waters's best writing, including chapters from 14 of his books, from Fever Pitch (1930) to his posthumous Of Time and Change: A Memoir (1998). Waters is at his best when combining memories of Western life, passionate descriptions, and a sense of the natural beauty of the environment. He seeks a compromise between the technological and the spiritual world when, in The Woman at Otowi Crossing for example, he confronts the conflict between Native American culture and the development of atomic weapons. Much of Waters's work is an expression of his emotions, mystical beliefs, intellectual consciousness, and perceptive insight into humanity and nature, all of which merge with a tumultuous intensity. This compilation is a delight, effectively sharing the author's life and lifelong passion for the American West through his prose and a selection of photographs. Recommended for all libraries.--Cynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A collection of writing from 15 books by Southwestern writer Frank Waters, encompassing his nonfiction and his novels over a period of 40 years. This volume lacks a subject index. Lyon wrote the first book- length critical study of Frank Waters, and has edited collections of Western American literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

"This compilation is a delight, effectively sharing the author's life and lifelong passion for the American West through his prose and a selection of photographs. Recommended for all libraries."

-- Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804010269
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Frank Waters (1902–1995), one of the finest chroniclers of the American Southwest, wrote twenty–eight works of fiction and nonfiction.

Thomas J. Lyon is the editor and author of several books. Most recently he edited The Literary West: An Anthology of Western American Literature. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Wild Earth's Nobility (1935) 1
Ch. 2 Below Grass Roots (1937) 22
Ch. 3 Masked Gods: Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism (1950) 37
Ch. 4 The Colorado (1946) 47
Ch. 5 The Dust within the Rock (1940) 55
Ch. 6 Fever Pitch (1930) 69
Ch. 7 The Yogi of Cockroach Court (1947) 75
Ch. 8 People of the Valley (1941) 94
Ch. 9 Of Time and Change: A Memoir (1998) 123
Ch. 10 The Man Who Killed the Deer (1942) 145
Ch. 11 El Crepusculo (1949-1951) 185
Ch. 12 The Woman at Otowi Crossing (1966, revised 1987) 189
Ch. 13 Pumpkin Seed Point: Being within the Hopi (1969) 243
Ch. 14 Mountain Dialogues (1981) 277
Ch. 15 Flight from Fiesta (1986) 315
Books by Frank Waters 323
Further Reading 327
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