The Alamo

The Alamo

An Epic

Book - 1997
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Michael Lind, a New Yorker staff writer and author of the incendiary account of the resurgent American right in Up from Conservatism and The Next American Nation, where he introduced the much-praised concept of the "overclass," has written an epic poem on one of the greatest events in U.S. history - the defense of the Alamo. Twelve years in the writing, it is a novel in verse by a sixth-generation Texan who is steeped in the lore and myth of the epic battle that was the forerunner of the Mexican War and a symbol of American resolve to fight to the death for independence. This is the first major epic poem to appear in the U.S. since Stephen Vincent Benet's best-selling John Brown's Body, which is still in print today, sixty years after its publication. And it will introduce a new generation of readers to a pivotal moment in our nation's history which has been mythologized but never recreated in such historically accurate fashion. Bringing to life the legendary figures in this drama - Da

Baker & Taylor
An epic poem combines historical accuracy, psychological realism, and social observation to bring the lore of the Alamo and its participants--Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, and General Santa Anna--to life. First serial, Texas Monthly. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
The Alamo is an American epic about one of the great mythic moments in U.S. history. The subject is the Texas Revolution, the critical event in the complex and gradual takeover of Northern Mexico by Anglo-Americans, which culminated in the Mexican War and fixed the territories of the two major nation-states of North America. Part Odyssey, part Iliad, part American western, The Alamo follows the linked but episodic adventures of its hero, William Barret Travis, and the legendary figures Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie through the siege and battle of the Alamo, as they lead a vastly outmanned Texas army of independence against the charismatic and ruthless Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
Like the major epics of the past, The Alamo is the product of an act of synthesis, in which elements from classical and Renaissance epic are blended with the realism of the historical novel, the pace of cinema, and the vividness of imagery characteristic of the best Romantic and Modernist lyric poetry.
Into the familiar story of the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution, Michael Lind has introduced an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy, psychological realism, and social observation. Dozens of characters - ranging from the famous and great like Santa Anna and Sam Houston to the unfamiliar, like the wives and mothers of the small town of Gonzales, Texas, and the forgotten soldiers of the Mexican army - come to life in this epic retelling of an American legend.

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Combines historical accuracy, psychological realism, and social observation to bring the lore of the Alamo and its participants to life

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997
ISBN: 9780395827581
Branch Call Number: 976.4 LIN
Characteristics: x, 351 p. ; 21 cm


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