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Sound of Mountain Water

Sound of Mountain Water
Author: Wallace Stegner
ISBN 13: 9780140266740
ISBN 10: 140266747
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $17.00

The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist. This collection is divided into two sections: the first features the eloquent sketches of the West's history and environment, directing our imagination to the sublime beauty of such places as San Juan and Glen Canyon; the concluding section examines the state of Western literature, of the mythical past versus the diminished present, and analyzes the difficulties facing any contemporary Western writer. The Sound of Mountain Water is at once a hymn to the Western landscape, an affirmation of the hope embodied therein, and a careful investigation to the West's complex legacy.