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The Resource God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas, edited by Barney Nelson

God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas, edited by Barney Nelson

Label
God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas
Title
God's country or devil's playground
Title remainder
the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas
Statement of responsibility
edited by Barney Nelson
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The dramatic desert landscapes of the Big Bend country along the Texas-Mexico border reminded historian Walter Prescott Webb of "an earth-wreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." By contrast, naturalist Aldo Leopold considered the region a mountainous paradise in which even the wild Mexican parrots had no greater concern than "whether this new day which creeps slowly over the canyons is bluer or golder than its predecessors, or less so." Whether it impresses people as GodOs country or as the devilOs playground, the Big Bend typically evokes strong responses from almost everyone who lives or visits there. In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly defined as Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to Leopold and Webb, the collection includes such well-known writers as Edward Abbey, Mary Austin, Roy Bedichek, and Frederick Olmsted, as well as a wide range of voices that includes explorers, trappers, cowboys, ranch wives, curanderos, college presidents, scientists, locals, tourists, historians, avisadores, and waitresses. Following a personal introduction by Barney Nelson, the pieces are grouped thematically to highlight the distinctive ways in which writers have responded to the Big Bend.--Amazon.com
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
508.764/93
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
QH105.T4
LC item number
G64 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Corrie Herring Hooks series
Series volume
no. 54
Label
God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas, edited by Barney Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-321)
Contents
Paradise found and lost -- Nature as devil's advocate -- The wild and domestic border -- Nature as antagonist and protagonist -- The devil's playground -- A Big Bend sense of place
Control code
48817402
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 321 p.
Isbn
9780292755772
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002000354
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2003. Clothbound.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased. Paperbound.
Label
God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas, edited by Barney Nelson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-321)
Contents
Paradise found and lost -- Nature as devil's advocate -- The wild and domestic border -- Nature as antagonist and protagonist -- The devil's playground -- A Big Bend sense of place
Control code
48817402
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 321 p.
Isbn
9780292755772
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002000354
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2003. Clothbound.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased. Paperbound.

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