The New Desert Reader: Descriptions of America's Arid Regions

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Peter Wild
University of Utah Press, 2006 - 324 pages
The New Desert Reader brings together a historical cross section of writing about the American Southwest in selections that demonstrate how thinking about American deserts has changed from the earliest times to the present day. Beginning with the centuries-old legends of the Tohono O'Odham Indians, it moves through the foresighted observations of John Wesley Powell, one-armed explorer of the Grand Canyon; continues with the delicate appreciations of Mary Austin and Joseph Wood Krutch; includes examples of the keen activist writings of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey; and finishes with such contemporary desert writers as Tony Hillerman and others.
A slow change in outlook dominates the book, as attitudes shift from viewing the desert as a place to be despised or exploited to an appreciation of it as a special place, an arena of highly complex natural communities, and a wild refuge for the human body and soul. Comprehensive and brightly informative, The New Desert Reader will be invaluable to anyone interested in the history, literature, and beauty of North America's treasured desert places.
 

Table des matières

Where God is and man is not
1
1 First dreamers
7
2 Two dreams meet
21
3 Derringdo
31
4 The democratization of horrors
45
5 Famine sits enthroned
55
6 The privileged tourist
67
7 Moon mania
78
15 Something stood still in my soul
184
16 Regional wholeness
197
17 A wild country to be young in
211
18 Gods hand in the sky
223
19 The geography of hope
234
20 The ghost of radicals past
247
21 Waking up to eternity
260
22 The esthetic of detachment
275

8 Into the labyrinths
92
9 Seeing with new eyes
106
10 The desert sublime
123
11 The southwest as show biz
135
12 Second thoughts
141
13 The desert as art
158
14 A child of the earth and moon
166
23 Changing genuine desert mysteris
290
24 Teetering on the edge
302
Where we are
306
Bibliography
311
Index
319
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Peter Wild is professor of English at the University of Arizona and author of numerous books on the Southwest including The Grumbling Gods: A Palm Springs Reader.

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