Beyond the hundredth meridian: John Wesley Powell and the second opening of the West

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1954 - Biography & Autobiography - 438 pages
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Stengner is an awesome writer. - Goodreads
Very educational book. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Karen GoatKeeper - Goodreads

This book is not an easy read. It was written in the 1950s and is a scholarly work. That said it is not difficult to read, just slow if you want to think about what is packed into this book. John ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

The story of John Wesley Powell. I had known he had explored the Grand Canyon. I had no idea about his many years working for scientific surveys and the government. He had vision and quite a bit of influence. His ideas could have prevented the Dust Bowl had they been listened to. Read full review



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In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.