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The Literature of California, Volume 1: Native American Beginnings to 1945
by Jack Hicks
The Literature of California is a landmark publication—unmatched by any existing collection and distinguished by its breadth, variety of sources, and historical sweep. The editors have been refreshingly inclusive and imaginative in their selection: some of the writers are internationally known, others are anthologized here for the first time. The richness of material, rang ...more
Paperback, 653 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by University of California Press
(first published November 5th 2000)
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Jan 03, 2011 Byrd Alyssa marked it as to-read
A wide assortment of writers have called California home at one point or another, and the stories in this anthology reflect the amazing diversity of perspective and experience of the residents from the period of the first Indigenous Californians oral histories. This is a great historical tour of California beginning with tribal stories and moving into the Spanish and then Mexican era's, and through 1945. There are stories from Native groups such as Costanoan, Chumash, Maidu, Yuki, Paiute to ...more
May 15, 2007 Lee Desser rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ignorant about history/ CA writers
A lot of people manage to write pages about a lake or a desert. California writers could not compare to east coast writers until early 1900's. Check out Joaquin Murieta (p.163), Celebrated Jumping Frog (p.206), Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (p.460) I'm pumped about Martin Eden.