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By Ken Egan

The wealthy literary culture of Montana, contends writer Ken Egan Jr., displays a catastrophic imaginative and prescient of the West that indicates the horrors of domination and the silly and harmful behavior of the imperial center. because the 1860s, Montana's writers have depicted struggles for survival within the state's dramatically attractive yet heartbreaking panorama and for decency in a sector characterised by way of the headlong exploitation of either typical and human assets. So, too, has Montana's political tradition mirrored the strife among the state's utopian power and its usually apocalyptic realities. Egan's goal, during this intellectually provocative and deeply perceptive survey of Montana's literary heritage, is to illustrate the roots of the state's literature in its conflicted heritage and intricate mix of racial and ethnic traditions and, while, to provide the potential for considerate suggestions to the West's daunting social and environmental dilemmas during the insights of a few of the state's top writers. From the narratives of early explorers and ranchers, local americans, and settler girls, in the course of the works of such significant twentieth-century luminaries as A. B. Guthrie a

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