Encyclopedia Of Frontier Literature

Encyclopedia Of Frontier Literature

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
     
 

ISBN-10: 087436888X

ISBN-13: 9780874368888

Pub. Date: 08/09/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

With roots going back to Europe's discovery of the New World, frontier literature chronicles no less than the settling of America. Now a timely reference work presents this literature in all of its diversity, allowing readers to experience the myriad of creative responses evoked by the promise of the new frontier.

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With roots going back to Europe's discovery of the New World, frontier literature chronicles no less than the settling of America. Now a timely reference work presents this literature in all of its diversity, allowing readers to experience the myriad of creative responses evoked by the promise of the new frontier.

The Encyclopedia of Frontier Literature surveys 400 years of North American frontier literature, presenting dominant themes, biographies, literary history and analysis, genres, writers, titles, and characters as a method of defining and exemplifying the vast trove of literature about the continents exploration and settlement. From novels, short stories, and poetry to theater, oratory, outdoor dramas, songs, biographies, diaries, journals, and logbooks, frontier literature is characterized by its rich expression of human experience. In the 94 A-Z entries in this volume, readers will find coverage of dozens of authors and hundreds of works as well as eyewitness accounts by ordinary people, from the action-packed autobiography of former slave James Beckwourth, the novels of Edna Ferber and Mari Sandoz, and the speeches of Kiowa chief Satanta to Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail and Larry McMurty's Lonesome Dove. The Encyclopedia also includes helpful chronologies, lists of major works and authors, cross-references beneath each entry, primary sources, filmographies, and a bibliography offering additional commentary.

A perusal of the Encyclopedia of Frontier Literature offers the researcher, reader, writer, and teacher a compelling reason to sample several points of view and to contemplate the romance that still clings to the Old West. Taken as a whole, frontierliterature is as rich, varied, and satisfying as any branch of written and spoken art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874368888
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/09/1997
Series:
ABC-CLIO Literary Companion Series
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.19(d)

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