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Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 : Americans and the California Dream - Kevin Starr

Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915

Americans and the California Dream

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Published: 4th December 1986
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Examining California's formative years, this innovative study seeks to discover the origins of the California dream and the social, psychological, and symbolic impact it has had not only on Californians but also on the rest of the country.

"Highly readable...The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging...A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review "[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review "One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review "A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach "Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times "A vivid portrayal of the rich and varied intellectual forces which helped shape one of our most distinctive regional cultures."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "An exceptional work, both in thought and magnitude...Both scholars and laymen will find this volume a worthwhile addition to their libraries."--History: Reviews of New Books "A highly original inquiry into the interplay of vision and event.'"--Virginia Quarterly Review "A captivating narrative that documents the importance of myth and imagination in attracting Americans to California before World War I."--R.H. Limbaugh, University of the Pacific

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prophetic Patterns 1786-1850p. 3
Beyond Eldoradop. 49
City on a Hillp. 69
A Rapid, Monstrous Maturityp. 110
Because I Am a Californian"""": The Loyalties of Josiah Royce""""p. 142
Sport, Mountaineering, and Life on the Landp. 172
The Sonoma Finale of Jack London, Rancherp. 210
Bohemian Shoresp. 239
The City Beautiful and the San Francisco Fairp. 288
Life Among the Best and Truestp. 307
Gertrude Atherton, Daughter of the Elitep. 345
An American Mediterraneanp. 365
Americans and the California Dreamp. 415
Notesp. 445
Further Sourcesp. 460
Indexp. 480
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ISBN: 9780195042337
ISBN-10: 0195042336
Series: Americans and the California Dream
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 4th December 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.16  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.68