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How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History

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Dismissed by the first Spanish explorers as a wasteland, the Grand Canyon lay virtually unnoticed for three centuries until nineteenth-century America rediscovered it and seized it as a national emblem. This extraordinary work of intellectual and environmental history tells two tales of the Canyon: the discovery and exploration of the physical Canyon and the invention and evolution of the cultural Canyon — how we learned to endow it with mythic significance. Acclaimed historian Stephen Pyne examines the major shifts in Western attitudes toward nature, and recounts the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell to Wallace Stegner, and how they transformed the Canyon into a fixture of national identity. This groundbreaking book takes us on a completely original journey through the Canyon toward a new understanding of its niche in the American psyche, a journey that mirrors the making of the nation itself.

Synopsis:

Dismissed by the first Spanish explorers as a wasteland, the Grand Canyon lay virtually unnoticed for three centuries until nineteenth- century America rediscovered it and seized it as a national emblem. This extraordinary work of intellectual and environmental history tells two tales of the Canyon: the discovery and exploration of the physical Canyon and the invention and evolution of the cultural Canyon--how we learned to endow it with mythic significance. Acclaimed historian Stephen Pyne examines the major shifts in Western attitudes toward nature, and recounts the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell to Wallace Stegner, and how they transformed the Canyon into a fixture of national identity. This groundbreaking book takes us on a completely original journey through the Canyon toward a new understanding of its niche in the American psyche, a journey that mirrors the making of the nation itself.

About the Author

Stephen J. Pyne is a professor of history at Arizona State University, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and winner of the 1995 Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award for Arts and Letters. His book The Ice was named one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. His eleven groundbreaking books include the five-volume Cycle of Fire. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Overlook: The View from Dutton Point

Two New Worlds

Canyon, Found and Lost

Second Age, Second Chance

Convergence

Rim and River

Lonely and Majestic Way: Big Cañon

Into the Great Unknown: Grand Canyon

Against the Currents: Return to Big Cañon

A Great Innovation: Grand Ensemble

Leave It as It Is: One of the Great Sights

Canyon and Cosmos

Modernism Moves On: The Populist Canyon

Down the River and Back from the Brink: The Environmentalist Canyon

Afterword: A Review from Point Sublime

Appendix: The Grand Canyon: A Graphical Profile

Notes

Sources and Further Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140280562
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Grand canyon (ariz.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Rocks & Minerals
Subject:
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) History.
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.73x5.06x.51 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Dismissed by the first Spanish explorers as a wasteland, the Grand Canyon lay virtually unnoticed for three centuries until nineteenth- century America rediscovered it and seized it as a national emblem. This extraordinary work of intellectual and environmental history tells two tales of the Canyon: the discovery and exploration of the physical Canyon and the invention and evolution of the cultural Canyon--how we learned to endow it with mythic significance. Acclaimed historian Stephen Pyne examines the major shifts in Western attitudes toward nature, and recounts the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell to Wallace Stegner, and how they transformed the Canyon into a fixture of national identity. This groundbreaking book takes us on a completely original journey through the Canyon toward a new understanding of its niche in the American psyche, a journey that mirrors the making of the nation itself.
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