Mormon Country

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U of Nebraska Press, 1942 - History - 362 pages
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Where others saw only sage, a salt lake, and a great desert, the Mormons saw their ?lovely Deseret,? a land of lilacs, honeycombs, poplars, and fruit trees. Unwelcome in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, they migrated to the dry lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon country, a wasteland made green. Like the land the Mormons settled, their habits stood in stark contrast to the frenzied recklessness of the American West. Opposed to the often prodigal individualism of the West, Mormons lived in closely knit ?°some say ironclad ?°communities. The story of Mormon country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory of the American West. Richard W. Etulain provides a new introduction to this edition.
 

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User Review  - Jacob Lines - Goodreads

Wallace Stegner is not a Mormon. But as a writer about the American West, he has written about them a good deal. He is one of the best writers you will ever read. He recounts non-fiction better than ... Read full review

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Pretty good. An interesting perspective into the mormon culture and landscape. Read full review

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Contents

Meet Me at the Ward Home
3
Mormon Trees
21
That Lieth FourSquare
25
The Land Nobody Wanted
33
Mud over Lyonesse
52
Forty Thousand Saints in One Act
57
And Nothing Shall Hinder or Stay Them
72
In Our Lovely Deseret
84
Fossil Remains of an Idea
209
Looking Backward
227
THE MIGHT OF THE GENTILE
237
Buenaventura and the Golden Shore
239
The Burg on the Bear
251
Fabulous Mountain
259
The Mexican in Minnie Number Two
269
The Wild Bunch
281

Shibboleth
100
Arcadian Village
108
Chief President of the Islands of the Sea
128
The Gatheringup of Zion
136
Myth and Legend
142
Lares and Penates
171
Family Reunion
182
Two Champions
187
The Terrible River
293
Notes on a Life Spent Pecking at a Sandstone Cliff
302
Artist in Residence
319
The Home of Truth
331
The Last of the Sticks
344
Index
351
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Wallace Stegner (1909?93) was one of America?s most distinguished novelists and essayists. His works include the Pulitzer Prize?winning Angle of Repose and The Spectator Bird, winner of the National Book Award.
Richard W. Etulain is a professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico. He is the coauthor of The American West: A Twentieth-Century History (Nebraska 1989) and Stegner: Conversations on History and Literature.

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