The Sound Of Mountain Water: The Changing American West

Paperback | November 1, 1997

byWallace Stegner

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The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist. This collection is divided into two sections: the first features eloquent sketches of the West's history and environment, directing our imagination to the sublime beauty of such places as San Juan and Glen Canyon; the concluding section examines the state of Western literature, of the mythical past versus the diminished present, and analyzes the difficulties facing any contemporary Western writer. The Sound of Mountain Water is both a hymn to the Western landscape, an affirmation of the hope embodied therein, and a careful investigation of the West's cultural and natural legacy.

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Written over a 25-year period, during a time when the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, the essays, memoirs, letters and speeches contained in "The Sound of Mountain Water" established Wallace Stegner's reputation as an important conservationist and novelist

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The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist. This collection is divided into two sections: the first features eloq...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140266747

ISBN - 13:9780140266740

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I
1. Overture: The Sound of Mountain Water
2. The Rediscovery of America: 1946
3. Packhorse Paradise
4. Navajo Rodeo
5. San Juan and Glen Canyon
6. Glen Canyon Submersus
7. The Land of Enchantment
8. Coda: Wilderness Letter
Part II
1. At Home in the Fields of the Lord
2. Born a Square
3. History, Myth, and the Western Writer
4. On the Writing of History
5. Three Samples:
a. The West Synthetic: Bret Harte
b. The West Authentic: Willa Cather
c. The West Emphatic: Bernard De Voto
6. The Book and the Great Community

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Written over a 25-year period, during a time when the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, the essays, memoirs, letters and speeches contained in "The Sound of Mountain Water" established Wallace Stegner's reputation as an important conservationist and novelist