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Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Literature.

By: Varner, Paul.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts: Publisher: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (409 p.).ISBN: 9780810874862.Subject(s): American fiction - West (U.S.) | American fiction -- West (U.S.) | Frontier and pioneer life in literature | Frontier and pioneer life in literature | West (U.S.) - In literature | West (U.S.) -- In literature | Western stories | Western storiesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Historical Dictionary of Westerns in LiteratureDDC classification: 813.087409 LOC classification: PS374.W4Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Editor's Foreword; Preface; Chronology; Introduction; The Dictionary; Bibliography; About the Author
Summary: The story of the western is told in the Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Literature through a chronology, a bibliography, an introductory essay, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors such as Owen Wister, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Clarence Mulford, Ernest Haycox, Luke Short, Dorothy Johnson, Louis L''Amour, and Cormac McCarthy.
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Contents; Editor's Foreword; Preface; Chronology; Introduction; The Dictionary; Bibliography; About the Author

The story of the western is told in the Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Literature through a chronology, a bibliography, an introductory essay, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors such as Owen Wister, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Clarence Mulford, Ernest Haycox, Luke Short, Dorothy Johnson, Louis L''Amour, and Cormac McCarthy.

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Western novels often are dismissed as serious literature. While many Westerns do indeed consist of predictable plots and cardboard characters from the Old West, this book by Varner (Abilene Christian Univ.) offers a historical and literary context that convincingly broadens readers understanding of, and appreciation for, a surprisingly diverse and sophisticated body of work. Although the first classic Western, Owen Wister's The Virginian, was published in 1902, a detailed chronology begins much earlier in 1682 with publication of a captivity narrative. These narratives and other precursors to Westerns are referenced in entries such as "Pre-Westerns," but the focus of this dictionary is on classic Westerns and their contemporary descendants, including "antimyth Westerns" and "alternative Westerns.. Hundreds of entries range from authors, titles, and series to new trends, stock characters, themes, criticism, and historical events. Although far from comprehensive (e.g., no entry appears for Western Story Magazine), this book, as Varner indicates, is not intended as exhaustive. Rather, it is a source that "suggests areas of importance" and "points to significant people, novels, themes and critical issues.. An extensive bibliography provides title lists for major authors and resources for further study. The book's recent publication date and its focus on popular Westerns distinguish it from the Encyclopedia of Frontier and Western Fiction, edited by J. Tuska and V. Piekarski (CH, Oct'83). Varner is also the author of The Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema in the same series. Summing Up: Recommended. Public libraries and most academic libraries; lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty, and general readers. M. L. Thomas Illinois Wesleyan University

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