Americans and the California Dream 1850-1915

Americans and the California Dream 1850-1915

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In the late nineteenth century, California became "the cutting edge of the American dream, " the final frontier both geographically and in the minds of the many men and women who went there to pursue their destinies. In this fascinating volume Keven Starr examines California's formative years to discover the orgins of the California dreams and the social, psychological, and symbolic impact it has had not only on Californians but on the rest of the country.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 159.5 x 236.2 x 39.1mm | 885.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195016440
  • 9780195016444

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"Highly readable...The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging...A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review"[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review"One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review"A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach"Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times"A vivid portrayal of the rich and varied intellectual forces which helped shape one of our most distinctive regional cultures."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch"An exceptional work, both in thought and magnitude...Both scholars and laymen will find this volume a worthwhile addition to their libraries."--History: Reviews of New Books"A highly original inquiry into the interplay of vision and event.'"--Virginia Quarterly Review"A captivating narrative that documents the importance of myth and imagination in attracting Americans to California before World War I."--R.H. Limbaugh, University of the Pacific "Highly readable....The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging....A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review"[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review"One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review"A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach"Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times "Highly readable....The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging....A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review "[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review "One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review "A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach "Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times "Highly readable....The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging....A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review "[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review "One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review "A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach "Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times "Highly readable....The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging....A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review"[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review"One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)study."--The New York Times Book Review"A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach"Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Timesshow more

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Written by a native San Franciscan who combines a moving and expressive style with the objective eye of the scholar, Professor Starr's chronicle will appeal to all those who relish American history set forth in vivid detail and enriched with insight.show more

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