The Inland Ground

Overview


The Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and The Making of the Atomic Bomb, for which he won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Yet, Rhodes contends, some of his best ...

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Overview


The Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and The Making of the Atomic Bomb, for which he won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The mysteries of this Inland Ground are teasingly hinted at and sometimes brilliantly illuminated.
Indiana Magazine of History
On the subjects of wheat, coyote hunting, hog butchering, Truman, and Eisenhower, Rhodes is poetic.
Harper's Magazine
A very American book, written with a warm and compelling intelligence.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kansas-born Rhodes ( A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood ) updates his first book by adding four new essays to the 12 best of his original pieces about life in the Midwest. ``A mosaic of chapters that trace, explore, examine with mature objectivity, but above all celebrate the essential spirit and virtues of the `freedom' of the prairies,'' said PW of the 1970 original. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604999
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface

1. The Inland Ground: An Introduction

2. Some Forebears

Thomas Jefferson

Josiah Gregg

Henry Chatillon

William Hornaday's Wonders

Millie

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

10. Wheat

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

Index

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