Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 April 1990

496 Pages | 42 photos

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

ISBN: 9780195044874

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Material Dreams

Southern California through the 1920s

Kevin Starr

Americans and the California Dream

Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, Americans and the California Dream, have been hailed as "mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)" (The New York Times Book Review) and as "a luminous and delightful saga that will become an American classic" (W. Jackson Bate). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. Kevin Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose.