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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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ISBN13: 9780816512898
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One of America's most distinguished poets now shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of our country. Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life. Couched within the narrative of his journey are passages revealing Shelton's deep familiarity with the region's natural and human history. Whether conveying the mystique of tarantulas or describing the mountain-studded topography, he brings a poet's eye to this seemingly desolate country. His observations on human habitation touch on Tombstone, "the town too tough to die," on ghost towns that perhaps weren't as tough, and on Bisbee itself, a once prosperous mining town now an outpost for the arts and a destination for tourists. What he finds there is both a broad view of his past and a glimpse of that city's possible future. Going Back to Bisbee explores a part of America with which many readers may not be familiar. A rich store of information embedded in splendid prose, it shows that there are more than miles on the road to Bisbee.

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Sir Gumbo, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Sir Gumbo)
I came to Going Back to Bisbee (R. Shelton) once again by way of librarian Nancy Pearl (Book Lust to Go). This is a terrific memoir by current Tucson resident (UA faculty, if memory serves). It's one of those books rich in references and tantalizing links and offshoots that beg for further investigation. Many books elevate, enlighten, and entertain me, but those that also provide me with a wealth of other enticing leads, to books or otherwise, hold a special place in my heart, serving almost like a short-term special friend with inside knowledge to share.

I found discourses on cholla and ocotillo, and the author's personal "system" for coining names and/or categories for living species a lot more fascinating than you might imagine. Had I not read this book, I might never had cottoned to the idea that the improbable Boojum Tree is also a member of the ocotillo family Fouquieria. Said tree named after dreadful L. Carroll creature in The Hunting of the Snark (which I must now of course track down!).
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Shelton, Richard
University of Arizona Press
Tucson :
Description and travel
United States - General
United States - State & Local
United States - Mountain - Arizona
Essays & Travelogues
Natural history
Desert ecology
Bisbee (Ariz.)
United States - State & Local - General
Arizona Description and travel.
Literature and Essays
Travel Writing-General
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v. 32
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9 x 6 in

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