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Sunrise Brighter Still
The Visionary Novels of Frank Waters

By Alexander Blackburn
Foreword by Charles L. Adams

“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

“Blackburn’s book succeeds and presciently proclaims Waters’ genius...It is an altogether exceptional book deserving the widest audience.”

Robert W. Smith, The Bloomsbury Review

“Readers who collect Waters’ books must add this brilliant, critical study to their collection.”

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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. Having attained higher consciousness, the transformed individual then exemplifies the possibilities of which our minds, operating in society, are capable. Thus Waters's vision of our common humanity in the process of creative enlargement engenders a feeling of hope and sanctuary in the modern age. Blackburn finds parallels not only in Eastern mysticism and ancient Mesoamerican wisdom, but also in modern depth psychology, neuroscience, and post-Einsteinian physics.

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Literary Studies · American Literature · Literary Criticism · Western Americana



Retail price: $42.95, S.
Release date: Oct. 1991
192 pages
Rights: World