The Other California: The Great Central Valley in Life and Letters / Edition 1

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This expanded edition of The Other California, originally published in 1990, contains nineteen essays (six of them new to this collection) on the landscape, literature, and life in the Great Central Valley of California. The Valley, a vast, flat patchwork of fields and orchards, has become the richest farming region in the history of the world. It also has a rich literary tradition: William Saroyan, Joan Didion, William Everson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gary Soto, and Richard Rodriguez were all raised in this agricultural heartland. Haslam's collection represents the experience of living in the Valley through a variety of writings; some are personal, some regional, others literary. Many of these essays were originally published in national magazines; as a group, they offer readers a fine collection of writings on the landscape and literature of California's Great Central Valley.
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An expanded edition of a work originally published in 1990 by Capra Press. It contains 19 essays (six of them new to this collection) on the landscape, literature, and life in the agricultural heartland that is the Central Valley of California. Some of the writings are personal, some regional, others literary; many were originally published in national magazines. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874172256
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Series: Western Literature Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,266,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Other California 1
The Lake That Will Not Die 17
The Water Game 31
The Kern, My River 37
California's Literary Landscape 55
Other Voices, Other Lives 72
The Grapes of Wrath: A Book That Stretched My Soul 87
Father Comes Home 96
What about the Okies? 105
Oil Town Rumble: The Young Men of Taft 124
William Saroyan and the Critics 135
Remembering Hutch 147
Bronzing the Valley 157
The Bakersfield Sound 169
Leon Patterson's Short Season 175
Oildale 181
The Home 191
Visions of the Valley 200
Other Californians 208
Credits 219
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