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The West of the Imagination

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The artists who made the West known to the rest of the country, and then to the world, have been America's myth makers. In this handsome volume, the dramatic story of the American West unfolds through text and full-color reproductions of these artists' works. 400 illustrations, 150 in color.
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Published December 1988 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1987)
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Ron
Apr 21, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing
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This fine book is an informative and well-illustrated survey covering almost 200 years of pictorial representations of the American frontier.

Because of my interest in the mythology that developed around the cowboy, I found the chapters on Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and Buffalo Bill Cody especially absorbing. Magazine illustrators who further developed imagery of the "wild west" are represented here in discussions of N. C. Wyeth and Maynard Dixon.

On a parallel track, the authors give a
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Kim
Feb 16, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
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Years ago, I took Dr. Goetzmann's American Studies course titled, "Art, Film and Photography in the West." The main focus of the course was the mythology of the American West and how artists of all genres contributed to that mythology. From early American landscapes to dime novels and late-20th century Western films, they have all left their mark on our perceptions of American history. It was an incredible course and Goetzmann's book is one I'll hold on to forever. It's out of print, (and it ...more
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As someone who is interested in the history of ideas, I found Goetzmann's thesis interesting. His audience is more of general audience than academic, which makes this a great book for my coffee table. The book continues to speak with a distinctive American-Studies voice.
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William H. Goetzmann was an award-winning historian and emeritus professor in the American Studies and American Civilization Programs at the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Yale University as a graduate student and was friends with Tom Wolfe while there. His work on the American West won him the highest prizes for historians, the Parkman Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. He has written and ...more
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