Reader of the Purple Sage: Essays on Western Literature and Environmental Literature

Reader of the Purple Sage: Essays on Western Literature and Environmental Literature

by Ann Ronald


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The essays collected in Reader of the Purple Sage reflect Ann Ronald’s wide-ranging interests. Here are highly informative—and deeply informed—critical essays on writers as diverse as Zane Gray, Edward Abbey, and Wallace Stegner, as well as the Tonopah Ladies (a group of literary women who found their voices in the unlikely setting of a mining boomtown) and Terry Tempest Williams, and on such varied topics as the image of Reno in nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. Included are several recent essays in which Ronald thoughtfully discusses the burgeoning field of environmental writing, some of its principal themes and concerns, and its best-known practitioners.

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ISBN-13: 9780874175240
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Series: Western Literature Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

I. Nevada Writers of the Purple Sage
“Why Don’t They Write About Nevada?”
“The Tonopah Ladies”
“Reno: Myth, Mystique, or Madness?”
“Idah Meacham Strobridge: The Second Mary Austin?”
“Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s Brave Bird, ‘Hook’”
“The Nevada Scene Through Edward Abbey’s Eyes”
II. Other Western Writers of the Purple Sage
“Introduction” to A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
“A Montana Maturity”
“Introduction” to This Land Is Bright
“Shane’s Pale Ghost”
“Company for a Lonesome Dove”
“Stegner and Stewardship”
III. The Purple Sage
“Environmental Journalism”
“Western Literature and Natural Resources”
“Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order: Twentieth-Century American Nature Writer”
“Raising the Bar”
“Afterword” from Words for the Wild
“Ghosts” from Earthtones

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