- Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc; Auflage: Reissue (Dezember 1988)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393305651
- ISBN-13: 978-0393305654
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 20,3 x 25,4 cm
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West of the Imagination (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Dezember 1988
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The art of the West is a cultural mirror
The West of the Imagination traces the visual evolution of the myth of the American West, from the West as unknown frontier to the West as the long-lost repository of rugged American values. Through our copiously illustrated narrative, you will see the visual re-interpretation of the West and its peoples by European-American as well as Native American artists. Interpreting the West is an on- going cultural process that continues to the present. The art of the American West is a cultural mirror of American aspirations, fears, sins, passions, values and prejudices. Read about them all in The West of the Imagination.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
William H. Goetzmann is a Pulitzer Prize winning historian who has authored and edited more than a dozen volumes. Before his retirement he was the Jack S. Blanton Chair in American Studies and History at the University of Texas, Austin. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
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Since my original review above I have been reading some more from this book. Did you know that the Wounded Knee massacre occurred in December 1891? Did you know that Sitting Bull was killed by the Seventh Cavalry? Did you know that Cody killed Yellow Hand? I have too many books yet to read to waste more time with this one. Yes, all books, even by the best of authors have an error here and there. It is hard to write a perfect book. But this book, from the little I have read, is just filled with errors. And considering that it is a "revised" edition, most of them should have been corrected.
Because of my interest in the mythology that developed around the cowboy, I found the chapters on Frederic Remington, Charley 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 chapter to the early silent Westerns, highlighting the careers and contributions of Tom Mix and William S. Hart (a precursor of Clint Eastwood). Another chapter is devoted to the Hollywood Western during the sound era noting similarities between Remington's imagery and that of director John Ford. There's also a discussion of the evolution of western movie themes from "The Virginian" (1929) to "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1969).
This book is a rewarding study of the American West as its visual artists inspired the imaginations of people around the world. Definitely worth having.