Owning it All: Essays

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Graywolf Press, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 182 pages
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This is a deeply felt and highly informed essay collection about life in the American west by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from that region. As the "Seattle Times" has said of "Owning It All": "You may never again see the American west in quite the same way if you take the time to view it through the eyes of William Kittredge. [This is a] stunning book." Having grown up on his family's cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, Kittredge directly confronts the contradictions and myths that lie at the heart of the Western experience: male freedom and female domesticity, the wild and the tame, self-interest and love of the land.

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The title essay of this book provides a chilling look at ownership taken to its extreme conclusion. Kittredge provides his readers with a clear picture of western mythology and the ethos of ownership that underpins it. Read full review

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Montaigne (or somebody) said this world was never the same again after the first time one person said "I own this piece of land" and other people accepted that as a valid claim. With eastern Oregon as ... Read full review



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Richard Hugo was for many years the director of the creative writing program at the University of Montana, Missoula Campus. He received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize and was twice nominated for the National Book Award.

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