David Wrobel signs Promised Lands at Sundance Books and Music

November 1, 2011

Join historian David Wrobel at Sundance Books in Reno for a discussion and signing of his book Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West on Thursday, November 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Whether seen as a land of opportunity or as paradise lost, the American West took shape in the nation’s imagination with the help of those who wrote about it; but two groups who did much to shape that perception are often overlooked today. These were promoters trying to lure settlers and investors to the West and some of the West’s original settlers who published their reminiscences in books and periodicals and joined together in pioneer societies to sustain their conception of frontier heritage.

Although they are generally seen today as unscrupulous charlatans and tellers of tall tales, David Wrobel reveals that these promoters and reminiscers were more significant than their detractors have suggested. By exploring the vast literature produced by these individuals from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s, he clarifies the pivotal impact of their works on our vision of both the historic and mythic West.

Sundance Books and Music is located at 121 California Avenue in Reno. For more information, call (775) 786-1188.

Source: Sundance Books press release.

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