Spirit of Place: The Making of an American Literary Landscape

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<p>Award-winning author Frederick Turner examines the lives and careers of nine American authors, the locales they made famous, and the ways in which landscape played a role in the creation of their finest works. It is both a testament to the creative genius of nine of America's most important writers and an insightful investigation of the vital role of the physical landscape in the cultural development of the United States.
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<p>Award-winning author Frederick Turner examines the lives and careers of nine American authors, the locales they made famous, and the ways in which landscape played a role in the creation of their finest works. It is both a testament to the creative genius of nine of America's most important writers and an insightful investigation of the vital role of the physical landscape in the cultural development of the United States.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Turner combines literary history with travel writing as he explores the role of the American landscape in the work of nine American authors and in American culture generally. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Turner focuses on the importance of place in the development of an American literature, paying special attention to specific works by Thoreau, Twain, Cable, Cather, Sandoz, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Williams, and Silko. His ambition is to examine how particular places captured the lives and imaginations of these writers and how the locales insinuated themselves into the creation of literature, but he is not altogether successful. The result is more of a look at the individuals, without an extension to an identifiable American scene. As such it is moderately useful, but a better, more general work, is Alfred Kazin's A Writer's America ( LJ 10/1/88). Not a necessary acquisition.-- John Budd, Graduate Lib. Sch., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Reprint of the Sierra Club edition of 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559631808
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Turner has written essays on topics as various as Indians, exploration, the American west, jazz, Paris, and food and wine for publications such as American Heritage, Smithsonian, The Nation, Wilderness, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, Blair and Ketchum's Country Journal, The Massachusetts Review, Southern Review, Men's Journal, Tin House, and Outside.  
 
He received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1976 and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1981. His other books include: Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness; Remembering Song: Encounters with the New Orleans Jazz  Tradition; Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West; 1929: A Novel of the Jazz Age; In the Land of Temple Caves: Notes on Art and the Human Spirit; and The Go-Between: A Novel of the Kennedy Years

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