How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 1, 1999 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Dismissed by the first Spanish explorers as a wasteland, the Grand Canyon lay virtually unnoticed for three centuries until nineteenth- century America rediscovered it and seized it as a national emblem. This extraordinary work of intellectual and environmental history tells two tales of the Canyon: the discovery and exploration of the physical Canyon and the invention and evolution of the cultural Canyon--how we learned to endow it with mythic significance.Acclaimed historian Stephen Pyne examines the major shifts in Western attitudes toward nature, and recounts the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell to Wallace Stegner, and how they transformed the Canyon into a fixture of national identity. This groundbreaking book takes us on a completely original journey through the Canyon toward a new understanding of its niche in the American psyche, a journey that mirrors the making of the nation itself.
  

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How the Canyon became Grand: a short history

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The leading expert on the history of fire, Pyne first developed an appreciation for the Grand Canyon during his 15 seasons as a forest firefighter on the canyon's north rim (Fire on the Rim: A ... Read full review

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Just too dense. Had I been more familiar with the people or with the geology of the canyon, it might have been a good read. But as an introduction to the history of the canyon, I'm afraid it fails. Read full review

Contents

CANYON FOUND AND LOST
SECOND AGE SECOND CHANCE
CONVERGENCE
BIG CAÑON
GRAND CANYON
RETURN TO BIG CAÑON
GRAND ENSEMBLE
ONE OF THE GREAT SIGHTS
THE POPULIST CANYON
THE ENVIRONMENTALIST CANYON
DISCOVERY
GEOLOGIC TIME
THE PAINTED CANYON
TWO NEW WORLDS
CANYON AND COSMOS
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About the author (1999)

Stephen J. Pyne is a professor of history at Arizona State University, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and winner of the 1995 Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award for Arts and Letters. His book The Ice was named one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. His eleven groundbreaking books include the five-volume Cycle of Fire. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.

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