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Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (2 Volume Set in Slipcase)
Great River The Rio Grande in North American History - 2 Volume Set in Slipcase Author:Paul Horgan "This is assuredly one of the best pieces of regional history yet written in the United States. Actually, it transcends regional history and soars far above the river valley with which it deals; it is a survey, rich in color and fascinating in pictorial detail, of four civilizations: the aboriginal Indian, the Spanish, the Mexican, and the Anglo... more »-American. . . . (It) has a narrative sweep which carries the reader down the centuries at an exciting pace ...(and) presents the clash, the mutual attraction and repulsion, the final merger of the four peoples involved and their varied cultures, with a sense of drama which owes nothing to prejudice or partiality.... It is, in the best sense of the word -literature. It has architectural plan, scholarly accuracy, stylistic distinction, and not infrequently real nobility of spirit."
"Unlike creative writers turned historian after the well of inspiration dries up, Paul Horgan touches his chronicle with a virile turn of pen and spring-fed fancy: history come alive with the freshness of literature."
Fray Angelico Chavez
"It is my own belief, and I know that all who so far have read the manuscript agree, that you have written one of the major masterpieces of American historical writing. It deserves to stand with the works • of Motley, Prescott, Bancroft. No other work on the history of the Southwest will even compare with it."
PAUL HORGAIV has been described by Lon Tinkle in the Dallas Morning News as "probably the most celebrated of writers who now make their home in the Southwest. Except for Willa Cather's immortal `Death Comes for the Archbishop,' no one has written better fiction about the region than Horgan, and few surpass him as essayist and historian." In r933, he won the Harper Prize Novel Contest for "The Fault of Angels" and since then has published many books of fiction, essays, short stories, history.
From 1942 to 1946, he served with the United
States Army and was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel. In r947, Mr. Horgan received a Guggenheim Award for GREAT RIVER on which he has worked for fourteen years.« less