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C o n t r ib u t o r s E s s a y is t s Bert Almon has written eight collections of poetry. He recently published a critical biography of William Humphrey, and he has a study of Gary Snyder in the Western Writers Series. Martin Bucco is Professor of English at Colorado State University. A char­ ter member of the WLA (as well as a former president and executive secre­ tary), he has written numerous books, essays, and reviews on the literature of the West. Author of Main Street: The Revolt of Carol Kennicott, he is now writing another book on Sinclair Lewis. Fred Erisman, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, is coeditor of Fifty Western Writers and author of the Western Writers Series pamphlets on Frederic Remington, Tony Hillerman, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as the author of numerous articles on western literature. Kristan Sarve-Gorham is completing her Ph.D. at Emory University. Her dissertation explores the relationship between the Western and American Indian fiction. Nicolas Witschi received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1998 and is finishing a book about American Realism, western literature, and the representation of natural resource industries. He is a Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany. ARTISTS Rita Deanin Abbey, Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has lived in the American Southwest since 1950. Inspired by her close observation of the desert and its geological features, her work illus­ trates the tensions between traditional methods and contemporary abstrac­ tion. Her paintings can be seen in Art and Geology: Expressive Aspects of the Desert (1986) and Rio Grande Series (1996). Laura Lee Stay Bradshaw lives in Provo, Utah, where she received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Brigham Young University. She has created life-sized dinosaurs for museum exhibits as well as for Universal Studios’ Jurassic Park Ride. Her sculptures can be seen in public spaces throughout Utah. Alburtus Del Orient Browere (1814-1887), the son of a sculptor, was bom in Tarrytown, New York. Browere began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1831. The discovery of gold lured Browere to the West, and he set sail for San Francisco in 1852. He painted C o n t r ib u t o r s 3 7 5 the mines, local landscapes, and pioneers. In 1861, Browere returned to the East Coast but continued painting scenes of the Gold Rush. Ezekial Hall Martin (1818-1851) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Selftaught and somewhat of a prodigy, Martin painted professionally by the age of thirteen. He headed for San Francisco in 1849, then moved to Sacramento, where he set up a studio and made a living with odd jobs and a few sales of his paintings. In the fall of 1851, contrary to his friends’ advice, Martin set out for the mountains to make some sketches. During that trip he died in Onion Valley, at the age of thirty-three. Norval Morrisseau (b. 1931) was born and raised on the Sandy Lake Reserve near Thunder Bay, Ontario. In his most recent book, Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention (1997), Morrisseau identifies his Ojibwa-speaking grandfather, Moses “Potan” Nonakongos, as his major influence and says that his “paintings depict [his] own uncorrupted impres­ sions of Ojibwa beliefs and legends, gods and creatures.” With numerous solo shows and books, Morrisseau has been prolific and influential; in 1984 Elizabeth McLuhan, Curator of the Thunder Bay Centre for Indian Art, described Indian art in Ontario as “dominated” by the pictographic style Morrisseau developed. Charles Christian Nahl (1818— 1878) and Frederick August Wenderoth (1819-1884): Both artists were born in Kassel, Germany, descendants of artist families. Wenderoth moved to Paris in 1845, where he was joined by Nahl and his family a year later. The political situation in France prompted the two friends to emigrate to New York and later to follow the Gold Rush to California. Both were soon disenchanted with their luck and returned to their art, establishing themselves as specialists in portraiture, lithography, and...

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ISSN
1948-7142
Print ISSN
0043-3462
Pages
pp. 374-375
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-04
Open Access
No
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