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What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State (edition 1995)
What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State by Thomas Fox Averill
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0700607102, Paperback)"To understand why people say 'Dear old Kansas!' is to understand that Kansas is no mere geographical expression, but a 'state of mind,' a religion, and a philosophy in one," writes historian Carl Becker in the classic 1910 essay that leads off this volume. Like Becker, the twelve other essayists and four poets try to map the spiritual topography of Kansas and explain why this particular patch of prairie is so dear. They share the conviction that Kansas represents something powerful, something significant, something noteworthy.
The seventeen selections are put into perspective by Thomas Fox Averill's headnotes and introductory essay, which makes its own contribution to our understanding of Kansas. The essays and poems (all previously published except for the last essay) are arranged chronologically, from the earliest (1910) to the most recent (1990).
"No state struggles more self-consciously with its image than Kansas," Robert Smith Bader has observed. To the reader wanting to grasp the meaning of Kansas, this insightful collection demonstrates that some of those self-conscious struggles have led to self-understanding.
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