The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology

Paperback | June 1, 1990

EditorWilliam Kittredge

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This book is an anthology of some of the greatest stories and storytellers of the American West. Through eight chapters and over 800 pages, 150 writers present scores of myths, stories, poems, essays, and journals that document Montana’s significant literary tradition. The selections range from pre-white Indian days to the present, and, taken as a whole, they offer a powerful microcosm of the entire western experience.

The chapters, each prefaced by an original essay, progress chronologically from myths and tales of the Indian people to accounts of exploration and the fur trade, followed by the mining and stockmen’s frontiers, the agricultural and small town experience, as well as a special chapter on Butte--the richest hill on earth.

Contemporary chapters take up the emergence of the modern West in the middle years of the twentieth century as well as the renaissance of western literature in contemporary fiction and poetry. These chapters include many authors who have earned national reputations in fiction, poetry, and criticism, but they also include many younger writers whose careers are just beginning.

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The Last Best Place is not the first anthology of Montana writing and it will not be the last. But if we have done our work well, it will be definitive for a while. In these pages readers will see the evolution of a literary tradition.

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This book is an anthology of some of the greatest stories and storytellers of the American West. Through eight chapters and over 800 pages, 150 writers present scores of myths, stories, poems, essays, and journals that document Montana’s significant literary tradition. The selections range from pre-white Indian days to the present, and...

Annick Smith is a writer of essays & short fiction whose film-producer credits include "A River Runs Through It"&"Heartland". She writes for "The New York Times", "Los Angeles Times", "Audubon", "Travel & Leisure", "Modern Maturity", "Outside", "Travel & Leisure", & is the author of "Homestead", & was coeditor with William Kittredge of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1160 pages, 9 × 6 × 2.09 inPublished:June 1, 1990Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295969741

ISBN - 13:9780295969749

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Native American Stories and MythsJournals of ExplorationStories of Early Pioneers and IndiansWritings about ButteRemembering the Agricultural FrontierLiterature of Modern MontanaContemporary FictionContemporary PoetryBibliographic Citations and PermissionsThe Editorial BoardThe Artists

From Our Editors

The Last Best Place is not the first anthology of Montana writing and it will not be the last. But if we have done our work well, it will be definitive for a while. In these pages readers will see the evolution of a literary tradition.

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[A] good introduction to Big Sky literature.

- Marilyn Dahl - Shelf Awareness for Readers - 2016