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The Fall into Eden : Landscape and Imagination in California - David Wyatt

The Fall into Eden

Landscape and Imagination in California

By: David Wyatt, Albert Gelpi (Editor), Ross Posnock (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521397513
Number Of Pages: 300

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In this book, David Wyatt examines the mythology of California as it is reflected in the literature of the region. He argues that the encounter with landscape played an important role in literature of the West, and distinguishes this particular characteristic from the literatures of other American regions. Wyatt discusses in depth the writings of Dana, Leonard, Fremont, Muir, King, Austin, Norris, Steinbeck, and Chandler, Jeffers and Snyder and their literary reactions to the landscape. By examining the changing role of the landscape in literature of California, the book sheds new light on an important theme in the American creative popular consciousness.

'This is an elegant, graceful, and moving book, a kind of hymn to California ...'. American Literature '... an important contribution to the study of non-canonical American literature.' The Modern Language Review

List of illustrations
Prologue: the mythology of the region
Spectatorship and abandonment: Dana, Leonard, and FrTmont
Muir and the possession of landscape
King and catastrophe
Mary Austin: nature and nurturance
Norris and the vertical
Steinbeck's lost gardens
Chandler, marriage, and 'the Great Wrong Place'
Jeffers, Snyder, and the ended world
Epilogue: fictions of space
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ISBN: 9780521397513
ISBN-10: 0521397510
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 29th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4