A Great Plains Reader / Edition 1

A Great Plains Reader / Edition 1

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by Diane Dufva Quantic
     
 


The Great Plains are as rich and integral a part of American literature as they are of the North American landscape. In this volume the stories, poems, and essays that have described, celebrated, and defined the region evoke the world of the American prairie from the first recorded days of Native history to the realities of life on a present-day reservation, from… See more details below

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The Great Plains are as rich and integral a part of American literature as they are of the North American landscape. In this volume the stories, poems, and essays that have described, celebrated, and defined the region evoke the world of the American prairie from the first recorded days of Native history to the realities of life on a present-day reservation, from the arrival of European explorers to the experience of early settlers, from the splendor of the vast and rolling grasslands to the devastation of the Dust Bowl. Several essays look to the future and explore changes that would embolden the people of the Plains to continue to call home this place they have learned to value in spite of its persistent challenges.
 
The infinite variety of the Great Plains landscape and its people unfolds in works by writers as diverse as Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe), Diane Glancy (Cherokee), Langston Hughes, Wes Jackson, Garrison Keillor, William Least Heat-Moon, Kathleen Norris, Wright Morris, Francis Parkman, O. E. Rölvaag, Mari Sandoz, William Stafford, Mark Twain, Douglas Unger, James Welch (Blackfeet), and Canadians Sharon Butala and Sinclair Ross. From tribal histories to the impressions of travelers today, from tales of isolation and nature’s furious storms to accounts of efforts to build communities, from flights of fancy to nuanced observations of the ecology of the grasslands, this comprehensive volume provides a history of the intricate relationships of land and people in the Great Plains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803288539
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
730
Product dimensions:
1.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: What Is in This Reader
Introduction: Toward a Definition of the Great Plains
The Nature of the Plains: Impressions3
Excerpt from The Names4
Excerpt from Great Plains15
The Subtlety of Land24
Loren Eiseley37
Atop the Mound44
Plains Nature: Natural Histories49
The Lawns of God50
In Response to a Question68
Songs70
Excerpt from The Rites of Autumn73
Seasons of the Sandhill Crane82
Spring 488
From a Naturalist's Notebook93
Coffee Cup Cafe95
Red Glow in the Western Sky97
Under Old Nell's Skirt100
Another Tornado Dream105
The Question Mark in the Circle107
First Stories: Native American Accounts123
When the Buffalo Herd Went West125
A Legend of Devil's Lake130
The Great Vision136
Crow Butte151
The Holy Dog152
Excerpt from Waterlily154
Impressions of an Indian Childhood166
Father's Milk179
Grace193
Deer Dancer194
For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash ...196
Deer Ghost197
Stories of Exploration and Travel: Newcomers' Accounts199
Excerpts from "The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado"202
Excerpt from The Lewis and Clark Journals207
Excerpt from From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains218
On the Trail231
October \ From the Back Screen of the Country241
Excerpts from Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico243
The Grand Prairie - A Buffalo Hunt251
The Platte and the Desert258
Preface to The Oregon Trail, 4th ed266
Preface to The Oregon Trail, illustrated ed268
Land of the Crippled Snake270
Excerpts from Roughing It273
Pioneers285
Ishmael Bush's Camp288
Prairie Land297
Settlers305
Calling Myself Home307
Red Clay308
Heritage309
Return: Buffalo310
Crossings312
Among the Corn Rows315
A Story of the Highlands334
September \ Peru, Kansas339
Home-founding342
A New Homestead369
The Farm on the Great Plains374
God's Country376
Excerpt from Killing Custer389
Dear John Wayne407
Surviving Nature's Storms411
Wickedness413
A Field of Wheat426
Dust Bowl (A Sequence)434
The Water Witch437
Creating Communities in America445
Neighbour Rosicky447
Excerpt from Peder Victorious471
The Christmas of the Phonograph Records480
A Gravestone Made of Wheat491
What the Indian Means to America504
Americanize the First American507
End of the Failed Metaphor512
Oklahoma, 1922520
The Great Plains Community529
The Passing of Priscilla Winthrop531
Dance542
Carnival552
The Old Halvorson Place560
A Person in My Life574
Wild Land581
Excerpt from The Home Place611
Excerpt from Badlands622
Excerpt from Leaving the Land629
A Tropical Holiday641
Collection651
Life Is Good654
Home on the Range659
Red-Letter Days669
The Tomahawk Factory
Louise Erdrich678
Going to the Post Office694
The Rescued Year698
Sustaining America's Grasslands703
Sea Change706
Matfield Green713
Source Acknowledgments723
Index of Works by Author729

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