The Bad Lands: A Novel by Oakley HallThe Bad Lands: A Novel by Oakley Hall

The Bad Lands: A Novel

byOakley Hall

Paperback | October 10, 2016

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It’s 1883 in Johnson County, in the old Dakota Territory—a rugged, wide-open landscape of rolling, red earth, prairie, and cattle as far as the eye can see. But the land is closing, the “Beef Bonanza” is ending, and the free-range cattlemen are stuck watching a way of life disappear in a blaze of drought and gunfire.

An action-packed western from one of the masters of the genre, Oakley Hall’s The Bad Lands blends roundups and rustlers, whorehouses and land grabs, shoot-outs and the threat of hangings in a tale of the war between the cowboys and the cattle barons. But more than this, it is an elegy to the wild beauty of the badlands before the ranchers moved in, chased off the free-rangers, the trappers, and the tribes, and fenced it all in.
Oakley Hall (1920–2008) was a great novelist of the American West and beloved writing teacher of Michael Chabon and Richard Ford, among many others. He is the author of numerous books, including Warlock, The Coming of the Kid, Apaches, and Separations.
Title:The Bad Lands: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:October 10, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022641261X

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Classical Archaeology: The “Handmaid of History”?
The Rediscovery of the Past
The Opening Up of Greece
Philological Archaeology
The Birth of Prehistory
Theory Wars
2. Delphic Vapours
The Triumph of Science?
The Delphic Oracle
The Geology of the Site
Inspired Mantic or Fraudulent Puppet?
Documents for Chapter 2
3. The Persian Destruction of Eretria
A Tale of Two Temples
Yet Another Temple?
Unmooring “Fixed Points”
Science to the Rescue?
Documents for Chapter 3
4. Eleusis, the Oath of Plataia, and the Peace of Kallias
The Archaios Neos at Eleusis
The Oath of Plataia
The Peace of Kallias
Restoring the Sanctuaries of Attica
Documents for Chapter 4
5. Sokrates in the Athenian Agora
The House of Simon
The State Prison
Sokrates on Death Row
Documents for Chapter 5
6. The Tombs at Vergina
The Discovery of the Tombs
The Political Dimension
Aigeai and Vergina
The Occupants of Tomb II
The Tomb and Its Contents
A Third Possibility
Documents for Chapter 6
7. The City of Romulus
Untangling the Foundation Myths of Rome
Romulus and Remus
The Early Kings Materialized?
State Formation and Urbanization
Documents for Chapter 7
8. The Birth of the Roman Republic
The Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus
The Fall of a Tyrant
The Nature of the Kingship
The Origins of the Consulship
“Etruscan” Rome
Documents for Chapter 8
9. Imperial Austerity: The House of Augustus
The House Unearthed
From Dux to Princeps
Reconciling the Evidence
Documents for Chapter 9
10. The Bones of St. Peter
The Discovery of the Tomb
Beneath St. Peter’s
Peter in Rome
Peter on the Appian Way
Peter in Jerusalem
Postscript: The Tomb of St. Philip
Documents for Chapter 10
11. Conclusion: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian
Navigating between Textual and Material Evidence
Words and Things
Bridging the “Great Divide”?
List of Ancient Authors

Editorial Reviews

“Like Henry James and Mark Twain, Hall is a master craftsman of the story.”