Walks In Literary Sante Fe: A Guide to Landmarks, Legends and Lore

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Explore the storytelling traditions of New Mexico set against the backdrop of the region's history, cultural traditions, and architecture. An entertaining reference on regional literature for residents and visitors alike, this guidebook presents familiar landmarks in a new light, revealing the stories of legendary and historical figures who have lived in and written about the Land of Enchantment.

"Harrelson's Walks in Literary Santa Fe is long overdue. . . . [It] is as ...

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Overview

Explore the storytelling traditions of New Mexico set against the backdrop of the region's history, cultural traditions, and architecture. An entertaining reference on regional literature for residents and visitors alike, this guidebook presents familiar landmarks in a new light, revealing the stories of legendary and historical figures who have lived in and written about the Land of Enchantment.

"Harrelson's Walks in Literary Santa Fe is long overdue. . . . [It] is as enchanting in tone, voice, and persona as the place of which she speaks." -Robert Franklin Gish, author of numerous books on the literature,
history, and culture of the American Southwest

"Walks in Literary Santa Fe offers an engaging and informative way to explore and understand Old Santa Fe's rich cultural history on foot." -Candelora Versace, Santa Fe writer and founding editor of Southwest BookViews

More than a decade ago, Barbara Harrelson developed Storytellers and the Southwest, a literary walking tour of Santa Fe, which she has been conducting ever since. One of the few literary walking tours in the nation, it is described in Frommer's Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque as "a great way to absorb the unique character of Santa Fe." Previously Harrelson was a docent at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History and at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University's Center for Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Studies. She is currently an independent writer whose work has appeared in the Bloomsbury Review, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Santa Fe New Mexican, and other publications.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
In this handsome little book, author Barbara Harrelson does her best to highlight the region's Native American, Hispanic and Anglo-American literary heritage. Harrelson mentions these literary figures and many more. She also discusses historic preservation and the Santa Fe style of architecture as well as bookshops, libraries, museums and even cathedrals.
Palm Beach Post
Walks in Literary Santa Fe is a dandy pocket-sized guide to the worlds of Mabel Dodge Luhan and Edward Abbey, among many others. Also covered are Lew Wallace, who wrote Ben-Hur in Santa Fe in the late 19th century, Conrad Richter, Billy the Kid (he didn't write anything, but an awful lot has been written about him), Evan Connell, Jack Schaefer, N. Scott Momaday, and Willa Cather, who set Death Comes for the Archbishop there. Overall, an excellent guide to the literary sites of one of the Southwest's most picturesque places.
Santa Fe New Mexican
Harrelson also packs in a lot of history here, from the early Spanish colonization to the Manhattan Project. She discusses writers contemporary and historical and places them all in the history of the city and state. The result is a small but comprehensive guide to the town that loves to call itself The City Different.
San Francisco Chronicle
In a town known for its visual arts, adobes, landscape and food, Harrelson creates neighborhood walks describing landmarks through the words of and associations with stories and authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423601821
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,112,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Harrelson developed a literary walking tour of Santa Fe, "Storytellers and the Southwest," soon after she moved to that New Mexico center of arts and culture. It is one of the few literary walking tours in the nation. Native to New Mexico, Harrelson is an independent writer whose work has appeared in the Newark Star-Ledger, the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Essential Guide to Santa Fe & Taos, and the Bloomsbury Review, among other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword ix

Introduction x

Downtown Santa Fe Walk

(1) The Plaza 3

(2) The Palace of the Governors

(3) Fray Angélico Chávez History Library

(4) Prince and Sena Plazas

(5) Museum of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

(6) Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis

(7) La Fonda Hotel

(8) Burro Alley

(9) Lensic Theater

(10) Santa Fe River Walk

(11) The Loretto Chapel

Downtown Bookstores

(B1) Palace of the Governors Gift Shop

(B2) Nicholas Potter Bookseller

(B3) La Fonda Hotel Newsstand

(B4) Collected Works Bookstore

Old Santa Fe Trail and Canyon Road Walk

(1) Barrio de Analco

(2) San Miguel Mission Chapel

(3) New Mexico Capitol

(4) Witter Bynner's Home (Inn of the Turquoise Bear)

(5) Arroyo Tenorio to Acequia Madre

(6) Acequia Madre to Camino del Monte Sol

(7) Mary Austin's Home (Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art)

(8) Will Shuster's Home

(9) Acequia Madre and Don Miguel (optional site

(10) Gerald Cassidy Placita (optional site)

(11) Canyon Road

(12) El Zaguán

(13) Adolph Bandelier's Home

(Sherwood's Spirit of America Gallery)

Bookstore

B1) Garcia Street Books and Downtown Subscription

Resources

New Mexico Literary Timeline

Taos Literary Landmarks

Publishers, Booksellers, and Literary Resources

Selected Writers' Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats

New Mexico Literary Classics and Other Recommended Books

Bibliography

Index

Image Credits 123

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