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 “This book is a wonderful gift to Nevada’s people, to westerners in general, and to a confused nation seeking to understand its roots. It’s full of vivid, compelling storytelling that can lead readers to an imaginative understanding of Nevada and western life and literature as they have evolved. This is a very special defining book. We inhabit our own nation, and its literature is beginning to get due recognition. This book will be an important part of that movement.” --William Kittredge, editor of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology.


"In the best sense of the word, this hefty book is a sampler of what literary fare the state offers. It is obvious that this sampler is also an advertisementfor a feast." -- Western American Literature
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"Literary Nevada is a very fine anthology. It will be of interest to the scholar, the general reader, students in high school and college classrooms, and to tourists. It is beyond me how anyone could read this volume and not head out, forthwith, on Nevada's loneliest of roads." — ISLE
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About the Author

Cheryll Glotfelty is associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in Nevada literature and has won many teaching awards. She coedited The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology and has published essays in scholarly journals, edited collections, and reference works.
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Product Details

  • Series: Western Literature Series
  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874177596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874177596
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Matlock on January 21, 2015
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Dr. Glotfelty (PhD, Cornell University) has done a great job in finding and selecting the couple of hundred writings put together in this book. There are writings from the early Indian legends to modern days where the concerns run to modern day concerns such as environmental issues.

This is not a history that summarizes the Nevada story, instead it is more like the original source material from which the history is written. For example the articles by Mark Twain were written by him directly and cover such things as his searching for riches in the gold fields, and of his getting duped by fools gold.

The stories are, of course, uneven in quality. Some of the writers, Mark Twain for instance, were professional writers and their stories are excellently done. Some others are not written quite so well, but may tell a story that is otherwise important, too important to ignore. Beyond that, reading these original documents provide a view into history as it was lived rather than just being talked about.
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What an incredible collection of Nevada writing! It's a must have for any native Nevadan!
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Exactly what I needed for my English 101 course, a little more worn than was expected- but for the price was totally fine.
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I'm familiar with many of the pieces in this compilation, but there are some new writings, ... and it's great to have them all in one hefty volume. An invaluable resource for someone who loves the writing of the West.
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