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Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man

The New Old West

Frank Bergon (author)

ISBN: 9781948908061

Publication Date: Mar 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Drawing from his San Joaquin Valley childhood, a career devoted to studying the West, and interviews with a range of ethnically diverse people, Bergen presents an intimate portrait of an Old West in conflict with the New, and traces the way traditional values sometimes clash with and at other times adjust to a changing world.
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A personal portrayal of rural and small-town Westerners adhering to Old West values while resisting or assimilating to New West global realities.
 
Drawing from his San Joaquin Valley childhood, a career devoted to studying the West, and attentive interviews with a wide range of ethnically diverse people from the greater area, Bergen presents an intimate portrait of an Old West in conflict with the New, and traces the way traditional values–the code of the cowboy, the work ethic of the farmers–sometimes clash with and at other times adjust to a changing world.
 
Set in California's Great Central Valley, the book offers a personal portrayal of rural and small-town Westerners, several with ties to Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas, but all shaped as was the author by California's Great Valley. All are immigrants, migrants, their children, or grandchildren whose lives intertwine with the author's–rich, poor, and in-between, as well as those of several races and ethnicities: Chicanos, Mexicans, African Americans, Italians, Asians, Native Americans, Scots-Irish descendants of Steinbeck's "Okies," and Basques of the author's own heritage.

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"…a tour of the interior West worth taking." –Kirkus Reviews

"Novelist Bergon (Jesse's Ghost) uses his personal experience of growing up in California's San Joaquin Valley to frame this insightful… take on the American West." –Publishers Weekly
Illustrations 6 black & white photographs
Pages 264
Dimensions 216 x 140 x 25
Date Published 30 Mar 2019
Publisher University of Nevada Press
Subject/s History   Prose: non-fiction  
Frank Bergon is a critically acclaimed novelist, critic, and essayist whose writings focus primarily on the history and environment of the American West.  He was born in Ely, Nevada, and grew up on a ranch in Madera County in California's San Joaquin Valley.  He has taught at the University of Washington and for many years at Vassar College, where he is Professor Emeritus of English.  He is a member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

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