8. The Literary Northern Rockies as The Last Best Place

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. O. Alan Weltzien

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch8

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Weltzien, O. A. (2011) The Literary Northern Rockies as The Last Best Place, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • the literary Northern Rockies - as The Last Best Place;
  • ironic shift, city to entire state - the nod to Montana's preeminent literary reputation, later twentieth century;
  • U.S. News & World Report, a Good Housekeeping seal of approval - University of Montana's MFA program, in creative writing;
  • H.G. Merriam and Joseph Kinsey Howard - genesis of UM Missoula's MFA program;
  • The Frontier, publication venue - and voice for writers of the region;
  • “Native American Stories and Myths,” The Last Best Place honors - region's indigenous stories;
  • Nannie T. Alderson's A Bride Goes West (1942) - story of a 22-year-old Virginia belle;
  • Kittredge, and detailed literary credo - in Taking Care: Thoughts on Storytelling and Belief (1999);
  • Deirdre McNamer, four novels - three set, in whole or in part;
  • Montana's best-known environmental writer - Rick Bass, prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading