"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! This book is very unique; and, it is very unlike THE COWBOY, also authored by Allmendinger, published by Oxford University Press. If you read that book and want to believe that all of "The West" was won by the colorful cowboy: read this book and THINK AGAIN! Western Literature has taken its own sweet time entering the intellectual scene. But as long as authors like Allmendinger continue to explore its horizons and redefine the expansions of it with such boundless energy and intellect THE NEW WESTERN LITERATURE will soon capture the hearts, the minds and the imagination of all Americans---as it should! The author was raised in the West on the Hitch Rack Ranch in Colorado, was educated at Harvard University, Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor of American Literature at UCLA and is internationally recognized as an expert in his field. Put this book at the top of your "have-to-have" reading list! ... and ENJOY! Not a dadgumed thing the matter with having a good time while you're learnin' stuff, is there??! :-) GO WEST!!!...*DEFINITELY* GO WEST!!!