do Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde have in common?
They, and authors Edward Eggleston, Hamlin Garland, Bayard Taylor,
Knut Hamsun, Fredrika Bremer, Max O'Rell, and Frederick Marryat
all visited Minnesota between 1838 and 1890. Each of these authors,
and Minnesota's Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author, Sinclair
Lewis, plumbed their Minnesota experiences in later prose and fiction.
Reprinted here are eleven essays by John T. Flanagan, originally
published in Minnesota History, the journal of the Minnesota Historical
Society, which describe the sojourn of these authors and the literary
-- but appropriate -- surprise here is Moira F. Harris' Minnesota
Community of the Book," which describes the recent flowering
of literary presses in the Twin Cities, a development found nowhere
else. -- John Mort, BOOKLIST
title was selected for the Minnesota Book Award as a 1994 Minnesota
Community of the Book Special Award Honoree. Visit www.thefriends.org/mnbookawards.htm
for more information.
pages, index and illustrations, 1993, paperbound