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Description - The Literature of California, Volume 1 by Jack Hicks

The material of this book, ranging from native American origin myths to Hollywood novels dissecting the American dream; from the familiar voices of John Steinbeck, Jack London, and William Saroyan to the less-well-known narratives of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Josephine Miles, and Jade Snow Wong - all of it captures the spirit and scope of the state itself. This first volume of the comprehensive two-volume anthology is divided into four parts. The first includes stories, legends, and songs of the indigenous tribes. The second section comprises letters, diaries, sports, and travel narratives that trace a century of exploration, discovery, and conquest. Part three includes Mother Lode tales by Mark Twain and Bret Harte, the first signs of California poetry, the rise of narrative by California women, the nature writing of John Muir and Mary Austin, and some of the earliest prose from writers of Asian background, as well as the maturing fiction of Jack London and Frank Norris. Part four traces the period between the World Wars, when California literature came fully into its own. An introduction contextualises each section, and concise biographical material is included for each writer

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520222120
ISBN-10: 0520222121
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Pages: 653
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jack Hicks

Jack Hicks teaches California literature and directs the Graduate Creative Program at the University of California, Davis. James D. Houston's seven books of fiction/nonfiction include Continental Drift (California, 1996) and The Last Paradise (1998), which won the American Book Award. Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of The Woman Warrior (1976), China Men (1980), and Tripmaster Monkey (1989). An early draft of her fourth novel, The Fifth Book of Peace, was destroyed in a fire; the restored version will be published in 2000-2001. Al Young's twenty books include African American literary anthologies, memoirs, collections of poetry, and the novels Sitting Pretty (1976) and Who Is Angelina? (California, 1996).