Lamy of Santa Fe

Lamy of Santa Fe

by Paul Horgan
     
 

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Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and… See more details below

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Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and colleges, formed the foundation of modern-day Santa Fe and often brought him into conflict with corrupt local priests. His life story, also the subject of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, describes a pivotal period in the American Southwest, as Spanish and Mexican rule gave way to much greater influence from the U.S. and Europe. Historian and consummate stylist Paul Horgan has written a chronicle filled with hardy, often extraordinary adventure, all of it sustained by Lamy's magnificent strength of character.

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“Historians, and general readers as well, seeking vivid portrayal of the Southwest’s political, social and cultural traditions will find [this book] rewarding. … the historical and literary heritage of Americans in general will be the richer for Mr. Horgan’s painstaking effort."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819565327
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/05/2003
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
941,658
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.18(d)

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Robert Gish
"Lamy of Santa Fe is a classic work. Not only is the research exemplary but so is the narrative artistry, the work of history as art."
James Day
"Lamy of Santa Fe stands as a beacon in American biography."

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