The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Nature - 201 pages
It is hard to love the high, cold plains of the American West. They are vast and harsh and demanding. And perhaps because they are so hard to love, prairies challenge the imaginative mind and the adventurous heart. The Wide Open reveals how some of the most interesting and accomplished writers and photographers in the country have met that challenge and given the genius of the prairie a vision and a voice. Their stories are as diverse as the tellers, ranging from fiction by Barry Lopez, Richard Ford, and William Kittredge, to the childhood histories of Mary Clearman Blew and Judy Blunt and the nonfiction narratives of Jim Harrison, Gretel Ehrlich, and Rick Bass. There are works by Native American prairie dwellers such as M. L. Smoker and James Welch and the photographic interpretations of Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner, and Geoffrey James. Personal or poetic, journalistic or scientific, these works eloquently attest to the prairie s abundance in all its human and natural variety, offering pictures as wide open and rich as the land they depict.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
11
Introduction
12
Notes on the photographs
14
Home on the Range
17
Portfolio One
43
Hunting and Gathering
55
Portfolio Two
95
Travels across the Plains
109
Portfolio Three
146
Natural History
159
Source Acknowledgments
196
Contributors
197
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Annick Smith is a writer of essays & short fiction whose film-producer credits include "A River Runs Through It" & "Heartland". She writes for "The New York Times", "Los Angeles Times", "Audubon", "Travel & Leisure", "Modern Maturity", "Outside", "Travel & Leisure", & is the author of "Homestead", & was coeditor with William Kittredge of "The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology". Born in Paris, raised in Chicago, Smith has lived for thirty years on her homestead ranch outside of Missoula, Montana.

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