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"Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does." -- Paul Horgan
Paul Horgan (born Buffalo, New York, 1 August 1903 - died Middletown, Connecticut, 8 March 1995, aged 91) was an American author of fiction and non-fiction, most of which was set in the Southwestern United States. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer prizes in History. "The New York Times Review of Books said of him, in 1989: "With the exception of Wallace Stegner, no living American has so distinguished himself in both fiction and history."

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1903, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1915.He later attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where he formed a lifelong friendship with fellow classmate and future artist Peter Hurd. He later served as the school's librarian for a number of years.

Horgan enrolled in the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in 1923. He learned that the Russian tenor Vladimir Rosing was starting an opera department at the school. Horgan had loved Rosing's records and he wanted to be part of this new venture. He noticed no one had been assigned to design the sets, and although he had never done set design he somehow convinced Rosing to give him a chance to prove himself. The fledgling company evolved within a three years into a professional organization: the American Opera Company.

Horgan first came to prominence when he won the Harper Prize in 1933 for The Fault of Angels, one of his books not set in the Southwest, but drawn instead from his experiences in Rochester. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for History, first in 1955 with Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (Wesleyan University Press) (also Bancroft Prize for History) and then once again in 1976 with Lamy of Santa Fe (Wesleyan University Press). Both these books broke new ground in New Mexican history. Great River is considered a classic in the historical literature of the American southwest. It is especially noteworthy as the first attempt to describe, for a general audience, the pueblo culture of the Anasazi, as well as the colonial Spanish experience in New Mexico. Horgan's description of the Anglo-Americans who entered and eventually conquered Texas and New Mexico is also regarded as one of the most accurate narratives of southwestern history during this time period.

Horgan served as president of the American Catholic Historical Association, an association based at The Catholic University of America. In 1960 Robert Franklin Gish exalted Horgan's contributions in the monograph Paul Horgan: Yankee Plainsman and a few other works.

His later years were spent as a Professor of English and permanent writer in residence at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The author Charles Barber served as a personal assistant to Horgan when Barber was in college. Horgan died in 1995.

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Total Books: 68
Things As They Are
2006 - Things As They Are [Loyola Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780829423327
ISBN-10: 082942332X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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Lamy of Santa Fe
2003 - Lamy of Santa Fe (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819565327
ISBN-10: 0819565326
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Great River the Rio Grande in North American History Mexico and the United States
Great River The Rio Grande in North American History Volume One Indians And Spain
The Artifice of Blue Light Henriette Wyeth
1994 - The Artifice of Blue Light Henriette Wyeth (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780890132678
ISBN-10: 0890132674
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Heroic Triad Essays in the Social Energies of Three Southwestern Cultures
Tracings A Book of Partial Portraits
1993 - Tracings a Book of Partial Portraits (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780374278595
ISBN-10: 0374278598
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Great River The Rio Grande in North American History/2 Volumes in 1/Vol 1  Indians and Spain Vol 2  Mexico and the United States
A Distant Trumpet
1991 - A Distant Trumpet [Nonpareil Books, No. 65] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780879238636
ISBN-10: 0879238631
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Richard Trilogy Things As They Are  Everything to Live For  The Thin Mountain Air
1990 - The Richard Trilogy Things As They Are Everything to Live for the Thin Mountain Air [1951 - 1968 - 1977] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780819552341
ISBN-10: 0819552348
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The Richard Trilogy Things As They Are/Everything to Live For/the Thin Mountain Air
Encounters with Stravinsky A Personal Record
1989 - Encounters with Stravinsky a Personal Record (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819562159
ISBN-10: 0819562157
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Approaches to Writing
1988 - Approaches to Writing (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819552105
ISBN-10: 0819552100
Genre: Reference
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A Certain Climate Essays in History Arts and Letters
1988 - A Certain Climate Essays in History Arts and Letters (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780819552020
ISBN-10: 081955202X
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Literature & Fiction
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Whitewater
1987 - Whitewater (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780292790384
ISBN-10: 0292790384
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Clerihews of Paul Horgan
1985 - The Clerihews of Paul Horgan (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780819551498
ISBN-10: 081955149X
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Of America East and West Selections from the Writings of Paul Horgan
Of America East and West
1984 - Of America East and West (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571120628
ISBN-10: 0571120628
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Lamy of Santa Fe His Life and Times
1980 - Lamy of Santa Fe His Life and Times (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374515881
ISBN-10: 0374515883
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Saintmaker's Christmas Eve
1978 - The Saintmaker's Christmas Eve (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780883075678
ISBN-10: 0883075679
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Centuries of Santa Fe
1976 - The Centuries of Santa Fe (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780883075234
ISBN-10: 0883075237
Genre: History
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Far From Cibola [A Zia Book] (Paperback)