Michigan in Literature

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Wayne State University Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 331 pages
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Michigan in Literature is a guide to more than one thousand literary and dramatic works set in Michigan from its pre-territorial days to the present. Imaginative, narrative, dramatic, and

lyrical creations that have Michigan settings, characters, subjects, and themes are organized into sixteen chapters on topics such as Indians in Michigan, settlers who came to Michigan, diversity in the state, the timber industry, the Great Lakes, crime in Michigan literature, Detroit, and Michigan poetry.

In this most complete work to date, Clarence Andrews has assembled the literary reputation of a state. He illustrates, with a wide variety of literary works, that Michigan is more than just a builder of automobiles, a producer of apples and cherries, a supplier of copper and lumber, and the home of great

athletes. It is also a state that has played—and continues to play—an important role in the production of American literature.

To qualify for inclusion, a work or a significant part of it has to be set in Michigan. Andrews shows how novelists, dramatists, poets, and short story writers have created their particular images of Michigan by using and

interpreting the history of the state—its land and waters, people, events, ideas, philosophies, and policies—sometimes factually, sometimes modified or distorted, and sometimes fancied or imagined.

Biographical information is featured about authors, editors, and compilers, who range in fame from Ernest Hemingway and Elmore Leonard to persons long forgotten. The published opinions and judgments of reputable critics and scholars are also presented.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Michigan in Literature
17
Indians French and British
27
Settlers Come to Michigan
51
Timberrrr
79
The Great Turtle
105
The Great Lakes in Michigan Literature
115
The Michigan Farm Novel
129
The French City and the Motor City
233
Michigan Poetry of Place
251
Index
297
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Clarence Andrews is a writer and lecturer. Formerly a professor at Michigan Technological University, Andrews earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has written numerous journal, magazine, and newspaper articles and books, including A Literary History of Iowa, and The American Dream in the Heartland, a six-part audio cassette.

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