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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John Wesley Powell's contributions to the opening of the West, and to the scientific study of the nation.

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Stengner is an awesome writer. - Goodreads
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I'm from Page, AZ, and I really wanted to love this book. But in the end, I can't give a book that took me 4 months to get thru more than 3 stars. Some of it was great, but some of it was very slow ... Read full review

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John Wesley Powell was a man ahead of his time. He wanted to conserve and protect the Western lands which were largely unknown in the mid nineteenth century. His ideas of irrigation, directed by ... 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.

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