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San Francisco in fiction [electronic resource] : essays in a regional literature / edited by David Fine and Paul Skenazy.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
San Francisco in fiction [electronic resource] : essays in a regional literature / edited by David Fine and Paul Skenazy.
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
1995
ISBN:
9780585207483
General Note:
"From Mark Twain to Maxine Hong Kingston"--Cover.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:
Introduction: San Francisco -- Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and the Literary Construction of San Francisco / Beyond San Francisco: Frank Norris's Invention of Northern California / Jack London's Sonoma Valley: Finding the Way Home / Gertrude Atherton and Her San Francisco: A Wayward Writer and a Wayward City in a Wayward Paradise / The "Heart's Field": Dashiell Hammett's Anonymous Territory / William Saroyan and San Francisco: Emergence of a Genius (Self-Proclaimed) / Jack Kerouac and the Beats in San Francisco / Double Wonder: the Novelistic Achievement of James D. Houston / Land Lessons in an "Unhistoried" West: Wallace Stegner's California / Clear-Cutting the Western Myth: Beyond Joan Didion
Abstract:
The twelve essays included here explore the relationship between place and prose - between San Francisco the city and San Francisco the territory of fiction. From the Gold Rush times of Mark Twain and Bret Harte, through the Prohibition Era of Dashiell Hammett to the Beat days of Jack Kerouac and the present works of writers like Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Arturo Islas, San Francisco has been blessed with great writers who have given life to the land in their fiction. These essays engage the history and geography, ethnic, gender, and class conflicts, and stylistic range of the fiction. They demonstrate how authors as various as Jack London, Gertrude Atherton, Frank Norris, William Saroyan, James D. Houston, Joan Didion, and Wallace Stegner have re-created and revised our understanding of this region.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English