Writing the Southwest

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First published in 1995, this assemblage of interviews, bibliographies, excerpts, and criticism on fourteen of the Southwest's most important authors has been updated and expanded. The accompanying 74-minute compact disc provides excerpts from the authors. Tony Hillerman discusses how blindness in the army helped shape his writings; Terry McMillan explains her start as a writer and why she thought, when she was young, that African-Americans didn't write books. Each recorded ...

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Overview

First published in 1995, this assemblage of interviews, bibliographies, excerpts, and criticism on fourteen of the Southwest's most important authors has been updated and expanded. The accompanying 74-minute compact disc provides excerpts from the authors. Tony Hillerman discusses how blindness in the army helped shape his writings; Terry McMillan explains her start as a writer and why she thought, when she was young, that African-Americans didn't write books. Each recorded interview ranges from 4 to 10 minutes.

Dunaway brings together the unusual writing talents of 14 poets, playwrights, essayists and novelists from all walks of life in Writing the Southwest. Each segment includes a biographical sketch of the author, excerpts from th e author's work, and a selected bibliography. The writers include Tony Hillerman, Barbara Kingsolver, Luci Tapahonso and many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Writing the Southwest is much more than an ordinary compilation of regional short stories. Like the radio series of the same name, each selection begins with a biographical piece about the author with interview material and excerpts from various works. The book begins with one of the best known of recent Southwestern authors, Edward Abbey. His background speaks volumes about his enigmatic life and controversial, fiercely independent attitudes. Rudolfo Anaya, who also wrote the foreword, describes his connection to the Southwest. ``To be moved into the real of the characters of the story means to feel the place, the food, music, language and history of the character's surrounding. Taken a step further, the power of literature is to transport the reader into the very core of the mythic and poetic world of the story.'' Tony Hillerman jokingly defines ``regional'' authors as ``everybody except New York writers'' but notes that the vast, often lonely landscape of the Southwest is what unites its writers. Terry McMillan travels through Arizona in the excerpt from Waiting to Exhale and wonders at the irony that Mexicans are now picking cotton in the fields. Frank Waters, the native Coloradan who has been writing about this area for decades, talks about the environment and Anglo-English exploitation of it. A vivid composite of the region's best-known writers, Writing the Southwest is an excellent sampling of unique viewpoints and deep roots. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826323361
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: Revised with CD
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Spurgeon is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Rudolfo Anaya
Preface: Paula Gunn Allen
Introduction
Edward Abbey 1
Rudolfo Anaya 16
Denise Chavez 32
Joy Harjo 48
Tony Hillerman 65
Linda Hogan 82
Barbara Kingsolver 98
Terry McMillan 114
John Nichols 128
Simon Ortiz 147
Alberto Rios 165
Stan Steiner 183
Luci Tapahonso 198
Frank Waters 218
Selected Bibliography 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    A Desert Treasure

    Dunaway and Spurgeon have compiled a treasure chest of entertainment and instruction for everyone with curiosity about the southwest or an itch to write. The CD included is worth the entire cost alone.

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