Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

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by John Wesley Powell, Washington Irving, Amelia Earhart
     
 

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Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons, during exploration of last unknown part of continental U.S.  See more details below

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Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons, during exploration of last unknown part of continental U.S.

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ISBN-13:
9780792266365
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
National Geographic Adventure Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
945,980
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) was a professor of geology and director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wallace Stegner was born in 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he traveled with his parents and brother all over the West-to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, and Wyoming-before settling in Salt Lake City in 1921. Many of the landscapes he encountered in his peripatetic youth figure largely in his work, as do characters based on his stern father and athletic, outgoing brother. Stegner received most of his education in Utah, graduating from the University in 1930. He furthered his education at the University of Iowa, where he received a master's and a doctoral degree. He married Mary Stuart Page in 1934, and for the next decade the couple followed Wallace's teaching career-to the University of Wisconsin, Harvard, and eventually to Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program, and where he was to remain until his retirement in 1971. A number of his creative writing students have become some of today's most well respected writers, including Wendell Berry, Thomas McGuane, Raymond Carver, Edward Abbey, Robert Stone, and Larry McMurty.

Throughout his career and after, Stegner's literary output was tremendous. His first novel, Remembering Laughter, was published in 1937. By the time of his death in 1993 he had published some two dozen works of fiction, history, biography, and essays. Among his many literary prizes are the Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971) and the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird (1976). His collection of essays, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs (1992), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award.

Although his fiction deals with many universal themes, Stegner is primarily recognized as a writer of the American West. Much of his literature deals with debunking myths of the West as a romantic country of heroes on horseback, and his passion for the terrain and its inhabitants have earned him the title 'The Dean of Western Letters'. He was one of the few true Men of Letters in this generation. An historian, essayist, short story writer and novelist, as well as a leading environmental writer. Although always connected in people's minds with the West, he had a long association with New England. Many short stories and one of his most successful novels, Crossing to Safety, are set in Vermont, where he had a summer home for many years. Another novel, The Spectator Bird, takes place in Denmark.

An early environmentalist, he actively championed the region's preservation and was instrumental-with his now-famous 'Wilderness Letter'-in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Honest and straightforward, educated yet unpretentious, cantankerous yet compassionate, Wallace Stegner was an enormous presence in the American literary landscape, a man who wrote and lived with ferocity, energy, and integrity.

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The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must for those rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Share the adventure without the luxury of a guide's experience and modern comforts. Understand the magnitude of this 'Wonder of the World.'
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Powell engages the reader with details of the geology and area, the river voyage and exploration, ruins and encounters with native Americans. The account is nicely written and breathtaking in detail. He begins and ends this book with a kind of overview of the area. The first bit is thick in geologic and land detail -- you will want a map -- and the last chapter focuses on the details of the Grand Canyon relating its complexity through the inadequacy of words and the styles of various painters. Powell takes great care in describing interactions with and culture of the native Americans and these accounts can be well appreciated. There are many illustrations made from photographs. Despite the difficulties encountered, reading this book will inspire exploration. Highly recommended for the adventurous, those interested in geology, native Americans,and the early days of exploring the USA (once the nation was formed).
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