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Of America East and West: Selections from the Writings of Paul Horgan

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"No historian writes with such command of language or feeling for human nature. The difference is his luminous imagination, as Henry Steele Commager observes in the introduction to the newest Horgan volume, Of America East & West, a sumptuous selection from fifteen of the earlier works, many of which have been long out of print. I began reading Paul Horgan more than twenty years ago and he has given me no end of pleasure ever since. Whether in fiction, history or biography, he is a writer of large vision and manysidedness. He can be serene,
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Overview

"No historian writes with such command of language or feeling for human nature. The difference is his luminous imagination, as Henry Steele Commager observes in the introduction to the newest Horgan volume, Of America East & West, a sumptuous selection from fifteen of the earlier works, many of which have been long out of print. I began reading Paul Horgan more than twenty years ago and he has given me no end of pleasure ever since. Whether in fiction, history or biography, he is a writer of large vision and manysidedness. He can be serene, funny, elegant, earthy and lyrical. He can range across art, opera, politics, natural history, military history and intellectual history. Narrative energy suffuses everything he writes. But it is his gift of empathy that lifts his work to the level of art and gives the history he writes 'reality.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374518967
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/1/1985
  • Pages: 393
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Horgan is the author of Lamy of Santa Fe (1975), Of America East and West (1985), Rome Eternal (1959), Saintmaker's Christmas Eve (1955), Songs After Lincoln (1965), and Toby and the Nighttime (1963).

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Foreword xvii
I History
Great River: the Rio Grande in North American History
Prologue 3
Book 1 The Indian Rio Grande
The Stuff of Life 7
Book 2 The Spanish Rio Grande
Possession 15
Collective Memory 21
Hacienda and Village 33
Book 3 The Mexican Rio Grande
A Colony for Mexico 37
Book 4 The United States Rio Grande
"Way, You Rio" 44
Upstream and Inland 46
Counterdance 54
II Biography
Citizen of New Salem 65
Josiah Gregg and his Vision of the Early West
To Mexico
The Doctor 74
Alien Abroad 76
"Service to My Country" 79
Prelude to Battle 81
Battle Piece 83
The Missouri Independent 85
The "Unaccommodating" 88
"Ways and Doings" 90
Lamy of Santa Fe: his Life and Times
Homeward 95
Prairie News 98
The Battle of the Arkansas Crossing 99
The Gardener 106
Changeover 112
Day's End at Santa Fe 117
Encounters with Stravinsky
Concerts in Houston 122
Promise Kept 139
III Notebook Pages and an Essay
Approaches to Writing
Notebook Pages
Of the Mode 143
Preface to an Unwritten Book 153
IV Short Story
The Peach Stone
National Honeymoon 169
The Peach Stone 186
V Novel
No Quarter Given
The Rose Arbor 207
A Distant Trumpet
The Escape of Olin Rainey 245
The Richard Novels
Things as They are
Muzza 261
Everything to Live for
Fireworks and Quarry 284
The Thin Mountain Air
The Animal Creation 309
Far From Cibola 322
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