Shadow Country (Hardcover)

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This landmark one-volume reworking of Matthiessen''s Watson trilogy--"Killing Mister Watson," "Lost Man''s River," and "Bone by Bone"--reveals one of America''s finest writes at the peak of his career.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679640196
SKU 205472102
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0679640193
Release Date 4/8/2008
Author Info
Peter Matthiessen
A "New Yorker by birth, not inclination" Peter Matthiessen broke with his wealthy Connecticut roots and Ivy League education to become a writer famous for adventures on all five continents, and his numerous nonfiction books and novels show a deep affinity for nature, exotic locales, and native cultures. After graduating from Yale, Matthiessen published several novels and was one of the founders of The Paris Review in 1953. However, his breakout work was his National Book Award-winning THE SNOW LEOPARD (1978), a memoir about an expedition in the Himalayas filled with ruminations on Zen Buddhism on the death of his second wife. IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE (1983), a defiant book accusing the FBI of falsely convicting Leonard Peltier for murder, led to a libel lawsuit by an FBI agent and the governor of South Dakota that prevented the book from being published in paperback for over a decade. Beginning in 1990 with KILLING MISTER WILSON, Matthiessen has published a trilogy about Edgar J. Wilson, a pioneer, murderer, and legend of the Florida Everglades. SHADOW COUNTRY, a revision of this epic trilogy, was nominated for the 2008 National Book Award.
"In SHADOW COUNTRY Matthiessen revisits his three novels about the career of [E.J.] Watson...and fits them together so that they unfold, layer by layer, mystery by mystery, episode by episode, gathering, gathering, nodding back and forth, in a tangle not unlike the living imbroglio in which the tale is set, the impenetrable jungle wetland of the Florida lowlands. I'll just say right here that the book took my sleeve and like the ancient mariner would not let go."
"Matthiessen's reworking of three previous novels into one magisterial epic, ostensibly about the setting of the rugged Everglades in the early 1900s, is perhaps our greatest fictional meditation on the American character."
"With its historical and legendary uncertainties, is a deeper South ABSALOM, ABSALOM!....Matthiessen's presentation of conflicting race, class, clan and personal loyalties is masterly."
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Editors Note A reworking of the author's trilogy chronicles the legacy of E.J. Watson, a notorious desperado gunned down by his neighbors along the lawless nineteenth-century frontier of the Florida Everglades.
Annotation For over 20 years, Peter Matthiessen (THE SNOW LEOPARD) toiled on his late-career masterpiece, the trilogy of novels recounting the legendary, notorious, glorious, and nasty life of Florida outlaw, murderer, and sugar cane plantation owner Edgar J. Watson. The books--KILLING MISTER WATSON, LOST MAN'S RIVER, and BONE BY BONE--serve as an epic and brilliant investigation of the lawlessness, ambition, ecological plunder, and the racial tensions of Florida's--and American--history. But Matthiessen wasn't done: in 2008 he published SHADOW COUNTRY, a painstakingly edited and refined version of the trilogy, now fused into a single 900 page tome. The first "book" in SHADOW COUNTRY uses a dozen narrators to relate the arc of Watson's life, from celebrated outlaw, to loathed murderer, to his own bloody demise at the hands of a crowd. In its blend of fact, fiction, myth, and surmise, the section explores the nature of reality with the same lush multiplicity of Faulkner's ABSALOM, ABSALOM! In the second "book," two of Watson's sons strive to understand their father's dark legacy. Finally, in the last "book" Watson himself addresses his own life, and many of the mysteries of his youth become revealed. A remarkable work of American fiction and the apotheosis of a lauded literary career, SHADOW COUNTRY won the National Book Award in 2008.
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Number of Pages 0892
Publisher Modern Library

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