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Published: 25 March 1999

304 Pages | 65 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195127416

Bookseller Code (06)

Five Fires

Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California

David Wyatt

This novel and compelling book tells the full story of the Californian experience by reporting on five separate--and catastrphic--fires. David Wyatt focuses this cultural history of his native state on five events marked by social combustion and tangible burning that swept through California over the course of two centuries--each of which altered the state's physical and political landscape, as well as the way both were represented in art and literature. From the journals of a Gold Camp mineress to Amy Tan's novels, from Ansel Adams's photography to Roman Polanski's movies, Wyatt brings into dialogue a wide range of powerful, moving voices in this wholly original history.