Frontier's end: the life & literature of Harvey Fergusson
The scion of New Mexico family prominent in business and politics, Fergusson moved restlessly from one new frontier to another, always seeking to recreate in his life and work the adventure and freedom enjoyed by his ancestors. After a strenuous open-air life by the Rio Grande he went east to raise a ruckus us a journalist and then to Hollywood as a screenwriter, all the while testing his sexual mettle. Finally freelance writing was the only frontier available to one of his imaginative energy.
Fergusson's early novel Wolf Song is still considered one of the best ever written about the mountain man. Gish shows the writer embracing the gloriously masculine and atavistic role of a "lone rider" even as he scorned "the worship of the primitive." Fergusson struck up a friendship with H. L. Mencken and Theodore Dreiser (who influenced his literary style) and played a part in the development of Taos and Santa Fe as meccas for artists and writers.
Based on extensive research, including Fergusson's diaries and correspondence, Frontier's End goes a long way toward reconciling the regional with the mainstream in American literature in the person of a serious novelist whose importance is finally being recognized.
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|record_details||ils:.b10805163|Book|Books||English|University of Nebraska Press,|c1988.|xv, 363 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.|
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|subject_facet||Fergusson, Harvey, -- 1890-1971, Frontier and pioneer life in literature, Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography, Western stories -- History and criticism|
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|title_full||Frontier's end : the life & literature of Harvey Fergusson / Robert F. Gish|
|title_short||Frontier's end :|
|title_sub||the life & literature of Harvey Fergusson|
|topic_facet||Fergusson, Harvey, Frontier and pioneer life in literature, History and criticism, Novelists, American, Western stories|