The Next Rodeo
New and Selected Essays
By William Kittredge
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555974794, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 13, 2007
William Kittredge's relationship to the spare, often unforgiving Western landscape is fraught with contradictions. Having grown up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, he has an intimate connection to the vast landscape that was once vital to his family's trade. He has also witnessed, over many decades, the depletion of the West's natural resources due to overuse. These luminous essays move effortlessly from the personal to the political. With grace and integrity, Kittredge directly confronts the myths that lie at the heart of the Western experience: male freedom and female domesticity, the wild and the tame, self-interest and the love of the land.
On the heels of Kittredge's first novel, The Willow Field, published to wide critical acclaim in 2006, we are pleased to offer the best of his nonfiction writings.
William Kittredge grew up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Oregon. He taught creative writing at the University of Montana for twenty-nine years and retired as Regents Professor of English. He now lives in Missoula, Montana.
"You may never again see the American West in quite the same way if you take the time to view it through the eyes of William Kittredge." --The Seattle Times "Reading this richly detailed book is like listening to Hank Williams. Its twangy, melancholic strains cut to the bone." --Booklist (starred review), on Owning It All