The Literature of California, Volume 1: Native American Beginnings to 1945

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Jack Hicks, James D. Houston, Al Young, Maxine Hong Kingston
University of California Press, Dec 5, 2000 - Literary Collections - 653 pages
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"An utterly extraordinary collection, and I have nothing but admiration and highest praise for the selection of the material, its depth and arrangement. It is comprehensive, lively, done with great zest, imagination, and a sense of responsibility toward the state and its literary heritage."—Malcolm Margolin, publisher of Heyday Books

"This first volume is a big, generous, and inclusive collection that shows me a host of things that I hadn't read before."—Thom Gunn

"This long-awaited volume captures the vast panorama of thought, emotion, and eloquent musings inspired by the landscapes and crossroads culture of the Golden State. The energy and promise and adrenaline of the California dream are richly sampled here, along with its paradoxes and tragic shortcomings. This is a knock-out anthology: indispensable for anyone who cares about American literature and the place of California in the national imagination." —Michael Kowalewski, editor, Gold Rush: A Literary Exploration, and former president of the Western Literature Association

"This marvelous collection of literature creates a sense of time and place like no other in the world. California starts in native origin stories; the songs of many cultures and mighty landscapes rightly open this literary treasury. The literature of exploration, conquest, and separation is followed by the rise of romance, irony, adventure and, in the last section, a return to the stories of cultural diversity. Earthmaker, in the opening Maidu creation myth, said 'there will always be songs, and all of you will have them.' That sentiment has endured in The Literature of California." —Gerald Vizenor, University of California, Berkeley

"This first volume of The Literature of California is a brilliant and almost impossible achievement. For the first time, the amazing richness of California's literary heritage, from the intricate and beautiful stories of the first Natives to the hard-boiled fiction of Los Angeles, is illuminated here amply and unmistakably and, above all, respectfully. I am awed by these four editors' stunning labor, love for place and word, and finally, profound knowledge of their home region. Superlatives come quickly to mind--extraordinary, monumental, invaluable. I can't wait for volume two." —Louis Owens, University of New Mexico

"This anthology comes in the nick of time to re-open our minds to the radically enthusiastic, naively critical, poems, stories and tales that are giving shape to one of the most exciting new cultures on the globe. Volume One curves from the Maidu story that tells of 'Turtle Island' through Clarence King's ringing hammer and Muir's mountain devotionalism, through Jeffers' astute and cranky foresight. We get Dame Shirley's gold country letters and then the freshly appreciated Jaime de Angulo; Josephine Miles together with James F. Cain and Nathanael West! Ending this volume with the tough, acerbic prose of Chester Hymes. Finally- a book to match the land." —Gary Snyder

"The publication of this anthology--so comprehensive, so vital in its content, so illustrative of high literary experience--is in and of itself an important milestone in the evolution of California as a foundational component of American civilization. The Literature of California is more than an anthology. It suggests as well a vast public work, a Golden Gate Bridge of intellectual and imaginative materials. Here in this anthology, to paraphrase Joan Didion on UC Berkeley, can now be found one of California's best ideas on itself." —Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California

"An extraordinary volume, at once imaginative, academically sound and meticulously comprehensive."—Carolyn See, author of Golden Days
 

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Contents

ORIGINS AND THE WAY OF THE WORLD
23
Turtle Island Maidu
35
The Girl Who Married Rattlesnake Pomo
50
ORDER COMMUNITY
56
OLD AGE DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE
62
PART TWO ONE HUNDRED YEARS
69
GARCí RODRIGUEZ ORDÓÑEZ
76
JEAN FRANçOIS DE GALOUP DE
86
EDITH MAUD EATON SUI SIN FAR
321
YONE NOGUCHI
330
Ah Who Says So?
337
FRANk BAUM
347
ANONYMOUS CHINESE IMMIGRANTS
354
FRANk NORRIS
372
Continents End
408
JAIME DE ANGULO
414

NIkOLAI PETROVICH REZANOV
91
JEDEDIAH STRONG SMITH
98
RICHARD HENRY DANA
108
JOHN CHARLES FRÉMONT
116
MARIANO GUADALUPE VALLEJO
123
EDWIN BRYANT
129
SARAH ELEANOR ROYCE
136
LOUISE CLAPPE DAME SHIRLEY
148
ELIZA W B FARNHAM
157
JOHN ROLLIN RIDGE YELLOW BIRD
163
TTCETSA LUCY YOUNG
171
WILLIAM HENRY BREWER
180
PART THREE THE RISE OF A CALIFORNIA
193
BRET HARTE
216
CHARLES WARREN STODDARD
226
JOAQUIN MILLER
232
MARíA AMPARO RUIZ DE BURTON
244
THOCMETONY SARAH WINNEMUCCA
254
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
262
HELEN HUNT JACkSON
269
JOSIAH ROYCE
279
MARY HALLOCk FOOTE
287
JOHN MUIR
298
GEORGE STERLING
308
UPTON SINCLAIR
422
DASHIELL HAMMETT
429
WALLACE THURMAN
437
YVOR WINTERS
447
CAIN
453
HORACE MCCOY
471
GEORGE R STEWART
480
JOHN STEINBECk
490
CAREY MCWILLIAMS
506
HILDEGARDE FLANNER
516
City
522
RAYMOND CHANDLER
533
NATHANAEL WEST
543
F SCOTT FITZGERALD
554
1994
565
IDWAL JONES
575
TOSHIO MORI
583
He Who Has the Laughing Face 1949
589
CARLOS BULOSAN
604
CHESTER HIMES
611
FURTHER READING
623
INDEX OF AUTHORS AND TITLES
631
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Jack Hicks teaches California literature and directs the Graduate Creative Program at the University of California, Davis. James D. Houston's seven books of fiction/nonfiction include Continental Drift (California, 1996) and The Last Paradise (1998), which won the American Book Award. Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of The Woman Warrior (1976), China Men (1980), and Tripmaster Monkey (1989). An early draft of her fourth novel, The Fifth Book of Peace, was destroyed in a fire; the restored version will be published in 2000-2001. Al Young's twenty books include African American literary anthologies, memoirs, collections of poetry, and the novels Sitting Pretty (1976) and Who Is Angelina? (California, 1996).

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