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The Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West (Mark Twain and His Circle)
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Binding: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Weight: 1.55 pound
Dimension: H: 0.7 x L: 9.2 x W: 6.3 inches
ISBN 10: 0826216625
ISBN 13: 9780826216625
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Sagebrush School is a term applied to a group of writers who spent their creative years in Nevada from the 1860s to the early twentieth century its most illustrious representative being Mark Twain. Yet most of their work was never republished from the periodicals in which it first appeared and today remains largely unknown to many scholars and aficionados of Western literature. Lawrence I. Berkove, acknowledged as the leading authority on this body of literature, has assembled an exceptional collection that rescues the lively works of the Sagebrush School from the dusty archives in which they have languished. 'The Sagebrush Anthology', which enlarges Mark Twain's circle to encompass the Sagebrush Bohemians through a compelling blend of humorous and serious fiction, memoir, nonfiction, letters, and poetry, contains sixty seven selections seven by Twain representing outstanding work by accomplished Sagebrushers Dan De Quille, Sam Davis, Joe Goodman, and Rollin Daggett, plus pieces by lesser known writers such as Arthur McEwen, Alf Doten, and Fred Hart. Berkove's introduction recounts the history of the school and identifies and analyzes its main thematic and stylistic characteristics. He shows that Sagebrush literature records and reflects the collision of the last generation of frontiersmen with the new culture of technology, industry, and big business men of talent, imagination, and integrity driven to work out distinctive ways of coping with an unresponsive system of justice, an economy tilted toward the rich, and a society that impinged on individual liberties.


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