Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams

Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams

New Critical Essays

By Melissa A. Goldthwaite (Editor); Katherine R. Chandler (Editor)

University of Utah Press, Paperback, 9780874807707, 265pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2003


Not since Edward Abbey has one writer spoken so passionately about the desert places of the American West as has Terry Tempest Williams. In this first book of criticism to address the work of one of the West's finest daughters, Katherine Chandler and Melissa Goldthwaite collect the work of sixteen respected scholars who each examine some aspect of courage, wisdom, or place in Williams's work, in an attempt to "get behind the heart" of her literary vision.

About the Author
Melisa Goldthwaite (Ph.D., The Ohio State University), Professor of English at Saint Joseph s University, teaches creative writing and rhetorical theory. Her books include "Words Rising: An Anthology of American Food Writing" (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming), "The Norton Pocketbook of Writing by Students", "Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams" (University of Utah Press, 2003), and "The St. Martin s Guide to Teaching Writing" (Bedford/St. Martin s, 2003 and 2007).

KATHERINE R. CHANDLER is assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Praise For Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams

"A gathering of skilled critical essays on the work of one of our generations most valued writers; it is keen and perceptive, and rich in understanding… These essays illuminate the core themes of Williams’s writing—an extraordinary reading of place, superb storytelling, deeply-rooted sense of family, skilled observations as a natural history writer—and will add to the enjoyment of those of us who cherish and respect her writing, as well as to those students for whom her work is a beacon."—Ann Zwinger, author of The Nearsighted Naturalist