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C o n t r i b u t o r s A u t h o r s Jeffrey Chisum is a lecturer in the writing program at the University ofSouthern California. His research centers on the literature of Nevada and, increasingly, the Great Basin at large. His fiction has appeared in L.A. Weekly, The Mississippi Review, and the Cheryll Glotfelty-edited anthology Literary Nevada. Nicholas Lawrence is a PhD candidate in English at Texas A&M University. His primary areas of interest are nineteenth-century American literature and literatures of the American West. His dissertation examines the interplay between conquest ideology and counter-imperialism across a range of fiction and nonfiction antebellum frontier writings. Tony R. Magagna was born and raised in southwestern Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate. He recently completed his PhD at the University of California, Davis, with a dissertation titled “Placing the West: Landscape, Literature, and Identity in the American West.” He continues to teach in the English Department at UC Davis as a postdoctoral lecturer. A r t i s t s Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), one of the country’s most well-known Regionalist painters, is famous for his highly stylized, colorful murals of agrarian life, the working class, and US history and folkways. He attended art schools in Chicago and Paris and was a Navy draftsman before settling in New York. In the 1920s, he taught at the Art Students League, became directly involved in leftist politics, and produced works that celebrate the pre-industrial age in the United States, an art movement known as American Scene Painting. Benton became director of the City Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City and painted commissioned murals and portraits well into his eighties. Grafton T. Brown (1841-1918) is considered the earliest known African American artist on the West Coast. Bom of free ancestry in Pennsylvania, he worked as a lithographer in San Francisco and established his own business in 1867. Brown’s early work documented the growing settlements in the Bay Area. In 1882, he joined other blacks moving to Canada’s more racially toler­ ant environment. Brown became a painter and did his most famous landscapes of the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1880s. His grand vistas often included rail­ road tracks or ferryboats as symbols of the encroachment of civilization. Swiss lithographer C. C. Kuchel (1820-ca. 1865) transferred Brown’s artwork to the printing plate for Britton & Co. C o n t r i b u t o r s 4 3 3 Sam Chamberlain (1829-1908) was a teenager when he served in the USMexican War as a dragoon, or mounted rifleman, and participated in the Battle of Buena Vista, near Saltillo, Mexico, in February 1847. His written account of his wartime experience, My Confession: Recollections of a Rogue, illustrated with approximately 150 of his watercolors, was first published by LIFE magazine in 1956. Chamberlain portrayed himself as an adventurous cavalier—with long golden curls—quick to defend beautiful women and soldiers alike. And although he wasn’t present at many of the scenes he painted, historians consider his melodramatic “recollections” convincingly accurate. During the Civil War, Chamberlain fought in a number of battles, including Gettysburg. Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909-1971) was born in Maine but attended school in Reno, Nevada, after his family moved there in 1917. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nevada. From his earliest work, published in the late 1930s, Clark’s novels, short stories, and poetry explored themes relating to the western landscape and people’s relationship with nature. He taught in New York, Nevada, Montana, and California before moving to Virginia City in 1968, where he died of cancer. Clark was an initial inductee into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1988, along with Robert Laxalt. Peter de Lory (b. 1948) is a long-time photography instructor and lecturer, who, since 2000, has been the photographer in residence for Sound Transit in Seattle, a regional transit authority operating in the central Puget Sound area. His landscapes explore the ways memory and myth shape perceptions ofphysical and social landscapes, especially...


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