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Yet, Rhodes contends, some of his best ...
Yet, Rhodes contends, some of his best writing is collected here, in The Inland Ground, sixteen essays that evoke the Middle West, on topics that range from coyote hunting to the Mayo Clinic. For this updated edition Rhodes has chosen the twelve best of his early pieces, combined them with four new essays, and added a spare, forceful preface.
"Very early on you are convinced that the author is in love with the land he is writing about, and that he is a real writer. The mysteries of this Inland Ground are teasingly hinted at and sometimes brilliantly illuminated (as in poetically rendered essays on hog-butchering, on wheat-growing, on the Writers' Workshop in Iowa). Mr. Rhodes has the skill and the love of language as well as of the land to bring it to our attention and our understanding.—"New York Times Book Review.
"Richard Rhodes' Middle West is a sweep of the American earth from the St. Louis arch to the eastern border of Colorado. On the subjects of wheat, coyote hunting, hog butchering, Truman, and Eisenhower, Rhodes is poetic.—"Indiana Magazine of History.
1. The Inland Ground: An Introduction
2. Some Forebears
William Hornaday's Wonders
3. The Farther Continent of James Clyman
4. Fulton, Missouri: Signs and Wonders
5. How I Rode With Harold Lewis on a Diesel Freight Train Down to Gridley, Kansas, and Back
6. Harry's Last Hurrah
7. Behold, How Good and Pleasant it is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity
8. Death All Day
9. Cupcake Land
11. An Artist in Iron
12. Watching the Animals
13. A Scientific Cooperation for the Welfare of the Sick
14. A Friend's Suicide
15. An Excursion on the Prairie
16. The Community of True Inspiration