Prickly cacti and hunched Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert stand as witnesses to the evolution of this unique Western landscape, once the territory of ancient native tribes and now a high speed transportation corridor linking the sleek metropolises of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Rising from the Mojave sands along with those more familiar physical elements are fifty-five narratives gathered here by Peter Wild that chronicle the evolving character and landscape of a legendary region of the American West. True Tales of the Mojave is the first literary anthology to explore the place of the Mojave Desert, both past and present, in the American imagination. Wild brings together engaging readings - ranging chronologically from prehistoric origin myths of native people to contemporary literature - that will delight readers drawn to the rich lore of the Mojave. The volume also captures the alien yet arresting beauty of the desert with a thirty-two-page gallery of black-and-white illustrations and photographs featuring the people and places of the Mojave. True Tales of the Mojave unearths evocative writings devoted to this mythic desert of the American West.
Peter Wild, professor of English at the University of Arizona, is one of the foremost poets of the American West and is widely known as an expert in the literature and aesthetics of the Southwest. A journalist, backpacker, and avid conservationist, Wild has contributed to Smithsonian, Sierra, and the New York Times Book Review.