What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State / Edition 1 by Thomas Fox Averill | 9780700607105 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State / Edition 1

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State / Edition 1

by Thomas Fox Averill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700607102

ISBN-13: 9780700607105

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

"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

Overview

"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).

Illustrated with woodcuts from the Prairie Print-makers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700607105
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Series:
Kansas and the Region Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Preface

Introduction: Afflicted by Affection, Thomas Fox Averill

1. Kansas (1910), Carl L. Becker

2. Kansas: A Puritan Survival (1922), William Allen White

3. Kansas, the Essence of Typical

America (1926), W. G. Clugston

4. Sky-Mountain (1927), May Williams Ward

5. Bleeding Kansans (1939), Karl A. Menninger

6. The Cottonwood and the Prairie (1945), Zula Bennington Greene

7. Address to Kansans (1946), Kenneth Wiggins Porter

8. The Strength of Kansas (1949), Milton S. Eisenhower

9. Kansas and the Stream of American Destiny (1954), Allan Nevins

10. One Home (1960), William Stafford

11. A Level Land (1968), William Inge

12. Portrait of a Changing Kansas (excerpt) (1976), Kenneth S. Davis

13. Breathing Kansas (1979), Artful Goodtimes

14. Straight Roads (1982), Peg Wherry

15. Not in Kansas Anymore (1989), Robert Day

16. Touching the Sky (1989), Denise Low

Acknowledgments

Index

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