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Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature Hardcover – April 27, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0415914628 ISBN-10: 0415914620

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415914620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415914628
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,402,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Upper-division undergraduates through faculty will welcome this volume.
Choice, 1/99

Allmendinger is a serious scholar and a lively writer who has taken a fresh look at Western images and made some striking connections.
Oregonian, June 1998

About the Author

Blake Allmendinger is Associate Professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of The Cowboy: Representation of Labor in an American Work Culture

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Go West," advised Horace Greeley ... and West is where you go when you read this book! In TEN MOST WANTED, Blake Allmendinger's keen eye and boundless enthusiasm for things Western shows just how Western American writing is and, is some sense, has always been! In ten fresh and exciting chapters on American fiction, nonfiction, and film, Allmendinger invites us to rethink the "literature of the West." Opening up the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century canon, he brings to light writing by and about women, children, religious minorities, people of color---the only black cowboy to have left an autobiography, a memoir by one of Brigham Young's wives, the fantastic story of a child in a logging camp who claimed to be a French aristocrat. But looking for the West also takes Allmendinger up to the present, where he examines well-known works of popular culture---Ben Hur, The Good Earth, In Cold Blood, Twin Peaks---and rediscovers their "Western" character and origins. Lively and unpredictable, TEN MOST WANTED will speak to anyone interested in the American West as it was---and as it continues to be! If you want to be bored, have a closed mind, or are without the ability to expand your mind and think creatively: don't buy this book! If you want to know why THE NEW WESTERN LITERATURE is THE most exciting area of academic study being offered to our university students today: buy this book IMMEDIATELY! For those of you unfortunate enough to have been led to believe that all things of literary merit were conceived, birthed, nourished and matured East of the Mississippi River: hang on to your ten gallon hats, tighten your spur straps and climb into the saddle!Read more ›
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin McFarland on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found a use for this book: Starting your charcoal.

Atrocious writing followed by laughable arguments. I can't believe this person is a published writer let alone a "scholar."

There are much better books on this topic.

The other review for this product is so effusive in its praise of the book, it must be a plant by the publishing company.

I live in Cowtown... I know cowboys, baby.
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