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Indian Country

Matthiessen, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0670397873 / ISBN 13: 9780670397877
Published by Viking Press, 1984
Used Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1984. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 320 pages. hardcover. Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927 – April 5, 2014), born in New York City) was a two-time National Book Award-winning American novelist and nonfiction writer as well as an environmental activist. He frequently focused on American Indian issues and history, as in his detailed study of the Leonard Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. In November 2008, at age 81, he received his second National Book Award for Shadow Country, an 890-page revision of a trilogy of novels he released in the 1990s. His first National Book Award was won in 1980 for The Snow Leopard. His story Travelin' Man was adapted into the film The Young One by Luis Buñuel. Along with George Plimpton, Harold L. Humes, Thomas Guinzburg and Donald Hall, Matthiessen founded the literary magazine The Paris Review in 1953. At the time he was working for the CIA. In 1959, he published the first edition of Wildlife in America, a history of the extinction and endangerment of various animal and bird species at the hands of the human settlements that occurred throughout North American history, as well as historical efforts at endangered species protection. It was one of the first books to call attention to global warming, by mentioning how the polar ice cap formations caused the lowering of the seas, and how the isthmus that Mongoloid people crossed from Asia to present-day Alaska to establish North America's first settlement is now submerged by the Bering Strait. In 1965, Matthiessen wrote a novel about a group of American missionaries and a South American tribe. The book was later made into a major Hollywood film with the same title, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, in 1991. In 1968, he signed the ‘Writers and Editors War Tax Protest’ pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In 1979, Matthiessen's nonfiction book The Snow Leopard won the Contemporary Thought category of the National Book Award. His work on oceanographic research, ‘Blue Meridian,’ with photographer Peter A. Lake, documented the making of the film ‘Blue Water, White Death,’ which was directed by Peter Gimbel and Jim Lipscomb. This is widely considered to have inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws in 1974. Matthiessen has been the official State Author of New York, 1995-1997. In 2008, Matthiessen revisited his trilogy of novels - Killing Mr. Watson, Lost Man's River and Bone by Bone, based on accounts of Florida planter Edgar J. Watson's death shortly after the Southwest Florida Hurricane of 1910. He revised and edited the three books, which originated as one 1,500-page manuscript, and the result was a single volume entitled Shadow Country. The book won the 2008 National Book Award. 0670397873. keywords: 41776. inventory # 5579. FROM THE PUBLISHER - An exploration of the encroachment of whites on the sacred grounds of the native Americans discusses such tribes as the Miccosukee, Hopi, Cherokee, Mohawk, Urok, Karuk, Lakota, Chumsah, Paiute, Shoshone, Ute, and Navajo. Bookseller Inventory # 5579

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Title: Indian Country

Publisher: Viking Press

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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An exploration of the encroachment of whites on the sacred grounds of the native Americans discusses such tribes as the Miccosukee, Hopi, Cherokee, Mohawk, Urok, Karuk, Lakota, Chumsah, Paiute, Shoshone, Ute, and Navajo. Reprint. NYT.

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