Charles L. Adams

Charles L. Adams is professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a prominent Frank Waters scholar, and editor of Frank Waters: A Retrospective Anthology (Swallow).

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Sunrise Brighter Still · The Visionary Novels of Frank Waters
By Alexander Blackburn · Foreword by Charles L. Adams

Novelist and critic Alexander Blackburn credits Waters’s novels such as The Man Who Killed the Deer, Pike’s Peak, People of the Valley, and The Woman at Otowi Crossing with creating a worldview that transcends modern materialism and rationalism. Central to Waters’s vision, he suggests, is the individual in whom are concentrated the creative powers of the universe.

“This is an insightful well written study of an American writer whose vision and depth are yet to be fully appreciated. A Sunrise Brighter Still should help to elevate the works of Frank Waters to the level they so richly deserve.”

Jack Kean, Colorado Libraries




W. Y. Evans–Wentz, great Buddhist scholar and translator of such now familiar works as the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, spent his final years in California. There, in the shadow of Cuchama, one of the Earth’s holiest mountains, he began to explore the astonishing parallels between the spiritual teaching of America’s native peoples and that of the deeply mystical Hindus and Tibetans.

“For Cuchama emerges as a passionate exploration of the psychic unity of East and West. …Evans–Wentz offers here a personal narrative that intertwines his erudite attention to esoteric lore with his own quest for psychic illumination.”

Michael Loudon, University of Oklahoma, World Literature Today