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West of the West

Imagining California

Leonard Michaels (Editor), David Reid (Editor), Raquel Scherr (Editor)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 348 pages
ISBN: 9780520201644
May 1995
$31.95, £23.95
Conceived as a novelistic journey through the worlds of California, West of the West offers a vivid and diverse collection of writings on the state where extremes of every sort are dramatically evident in the weather, geography, and people. This richly fascinating collection represents the experience of California both physical and metaphysical, in fiction, poetry, essays, travel writing, confessions, reportage, and social criticism. The authors are native Californians, born-again Californians, exiles, émigrés, critics, and visitors of every kind—Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Simone de Beauvoir, Carey McWilliams, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Octavio Paz, Jean Baudrillard, Ishmael Reed, Allen Ginsberg—to name just a few.
CONTRIBUTORS:
Carey McWilliams
Julián Marías
Vincent Bugliosi
David Thomson
Ben Hecht
Michael Wood
Gore Vidal
Stephen Bach
Irene Oppenheim
Leonard Michaels
Jean Baudrillard
M. F. K. Fisher
Octavio Paz
Jane Vandenburgh
Tom Wolfe
Danny Romero
Randall Sullivan
Mary Austin
Simone de Beauvoir
Henry Miller
Jack Kerouac
Robinson Jeffers
Linda Niemann
John Steinbeck
Gertrude Stein
Clarence King
Joan Didion
Richard Rodriguez
Rudyard Kipling
Frank Norris
Maxine Hong Kingston
Herb Caen
Kenneth Rexroth
Ralph J. Gleason
Allen Ginsberg
Mario Savio
Warren Hinckle
Stanley Booth
Henry Bean
Renée Lieberman
Raquel Scherr
Maya Angelou
Gretel Ehrlich
Amy Tan
Gary Soto
Ishmael Reed
Randy Shilts
Thom Gunn
Theodora Kroeber
Czeslaw Milosz
Shiva Naipaul
James D. Houston
Leo E. Litwak
Jonathan Lieberson
Umberto Eco
Aldous Huxley
Walt Whitman
Leonard Michaels is the author of The Men's Club. David Reid is editor of Sex, Death and God in L.A. (California, 1994). Raquel Scherr is coauthor of Face Value: The Politics of Beauty.

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