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Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated - Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture 119 (Paperback)
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Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated - Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture 119 (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 13/02/2000
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For three decades from the 1890s onwards, Edward S. Curtis took thousands of photographs of Native Americans all over the West. These were published (1907-1930) in twenty volumes of illustrated text and twenty portfolios of photographs; the project was supported by Theodore Roosevelt and funded in part by J. Pierpont Morgan, and spawned exhibitions, postcards, magazine articles, lecture series, a 'musicale', and the very first narrative documentary film. While not necessarily unique, the project was bigger, better funded, and more famous than any of its time, and its images still retain their influence today. Neither a eulogy to Curtis's achievement nor a debunking of it, this book is an honest study of the project as a collective whole: what it was, who was involved, and what it meant.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521775731
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Astute, lucid, sophisticated, committed to its subject, and a marvel of tact and modesty.' Alan Trachetenberg, Yale University
'Gidley's work on Curtis is cutting-edge, based on a thorough examination of archival sources that will delight and enlighten scholars interested in popular culture, history, anthropology, and photography. Although others have written about the work of Curtis, Gidley provides the definitive work.' Clifford Trafzer, University of California, Berkeley
' ... will quickly establish itself as an indispensable source for anyone with an interest in intercultural American literature.' European Journal of American Culture
' ... it is Gidley's achievement to have painstaking reconstructed the various contexts and influences that formed Curtis's enterprise as a complex whole. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of unpublished and previously unregarded material.' Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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