‘The West of the Imagination’ Book Review

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on April 22, 2012

The West of the Imagination
By William H.Goetzmann & Willam N. Goetzmann
Hardcover, 640 pages ($65)

Scholarly as well as browseable, this standout newly updated second edition of the print companion to the landmark 1986 PBS TV series of the same name chronicles the many ways artists have depicted the scenery, culture and history of the American West. From early pioneer sketches to modern-day movies, photography, art and sculpture, it’s a page-by-page trek across the years of a fascinating landscape of ever-evolving cowboy culture.

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