What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State

by Thomas Fox Averill, Prairie Printmakers Staff
     
 

"To understand why people say 'Dear old Kansas!' is to understand that Kansas is no mere geographical expression, but a 'state of mind,' a religion, and a philosophy in one," writes historian Carl Becker in the classic 1910 essay that leads off this volume. Like Becker, the twelve other essayists and four poets try to map the spiritual topography of Kansas and…  See more details below

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"To understand why people say 'Dear old Kansas!' is to understand that Kansas is no mere geographical expression, but a 'state of mind,' a religion, and a philosophy in one," writes historian Carl Becker in the classic 1910 essay that leads off this volume. Like Becker, the twelve other essayists and four poets try to map the spiritual topography of Kansas and explain why this particular patch of prairie is so dear. They share the conviction that Kansas represents something powerful, something significant, something noteworthy.

The seventeen selections are put into perspective by Thomas Fox Averill's headnotes and introductory essay, which makes its own contribution to our understanding of Kansas. The essays and poems (all previously published except for the last essay) are arranged chronologically, from the earliest (1910) to the most recent (1990).

"No state struggles more self-consciously with its image than Kansas," Robert Smith Bader has observed. To the reader wanting to grasp the meaning of Kansas, this insightful collection demonstrates that some of those self-conscious struggles have led to self-understanding.

Author Biography: Thomas Fox Averill is writer-in-residence and associate professor of English at Washburn University and author of two collections of short stories, Seeing Mona Naked and Passes at the Moon.

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Editorial Reviews

Wichita Eagle
Every Kansan can enjoy and benefit from this delightful and stimulating collection.
Kansas History
A treasure for every Kansan. This beautiful book represents the views of some extraordinary writers with deep feelings for Kansas.
Kansas! Magazine
A sampler of the best writing on Kansas.
Topeka Capital-Journal
The book is richly illustrated with prints by Kansas artists, visual essays of simple power.
Kansas City Star
A must-have for Kansans in heart, mind, or spirit, if not in fact.
Journal of the West
Delightful reading.
Booknews
Essays and poems by Kansas writers past and present, illustrated with 25 woodcuts from the Prairie Printmakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700604319
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
12/17/1990
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.87(d)

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