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Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West (New York Review Collections)by Larry Mcmurtry
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What was achieved and destroyed, what was made up and forgotten in the American West as the continent was mapped, the natives were displaced, and exploits were transformed into legends? In this acclaimed collection, Larry McMurtry profiles explorers and martyrs, hucksters and scholars--figures in the West's enduring yet ever-shifting mixture of myth and reality.
In these twelve pieces, McMurtry explores John Wesley Powell's journey on the Colorado, the dispossession of the Five Civilized Tribes, the fascination the Zuni held over a parade of unscrupulous anthropologists, and--in the bicentennial of their journey--the journals of Lewis and Clark, "our only really American epic."
In these 11 essays, all originally published in "The New York Review of Books," McMurtry brings his unique narrative gift and dry humor to a variety of western topics.
For nearly 40 years, Larry McMurtry's novels and essays have vividly portrayed the American West, exploring life on the frontier, in small western towns, and in increasingly urban stretches of what was once open country.
In these 11 essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Larry McMurtry brings his unique narrative gift and dry humor to a variety of western topics. The author explores James Wilson's history of Native Americans; the writers Zane Grey and Janet Lewis; the expedition of Lewis and Clark; and the myths and reality surrounding the larger-than-life figures of Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.
About the Author
Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Glory and Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.
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