The Aztec Treasure House by Evan S. Connell
New and Selected Essays

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A collection of new and selected essays by master craftsman Evan S. Connell.

Evan Connell has long been attracted to the visionary and eccentric, to those people and events slightly outside the mainstream of human experience. His subjects are people of passion and purpose, events of legend and desire. He offers stories of the Anazasi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert, of the grand explorers Marco Polo, Columbus, Magellan, and Ibn Batuta, of heretics, fanatics, scientists, cranks, and geniuses. There are tales of fabulous advances made in anthropology, archeology, astronomy, and linguistics. This is a book of great "celebrations of man's insatiable drive to probe unknown frontiers [that] read like superb novels," says Grover Sales of the San Francisco Chronicle. "[They] establish Connell as an important writer-poet-thinker with a truly original mind."

The Aztec Treasure House comprises two previous collections, The White Lantern and A Long Desire, and two new essays never published in trade book form. The whole amounts to a dazzling monument to the career of one of America's finest writers.


About Evan S. Connell

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Evan Shelby Connell, Jr., 1924 - Evan Connell was born August 17, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the University of Kansas. He also did graduate work at Stanford University, California; Columbia University, New York; and San Francisco State University. Connell's first published work was the critically acclaimed "The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories" (1957), which is set in several different areas of the United States. His first novel, " "Mrs. Bridge" (1959), tells the life story of an upper middle class woman who lacks a sense of purpose and lives her life doing what is expected of her. Ten years later he wrote "Mr. Bridge" (1969), which tells the same story from the point of view of the husband. Both novels were adapted as the film Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990). Among his other works are "Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn" (1984, filmed for television 1991), "The Diary of a Rapist" (1966), "The Connoisseur" (1974), "The Alchymist's Journal" (1991), and the book length poem "Notes From a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel" (1963). Connell received the California Literature Silver Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award.
Published September 1, 2001 by Counterpoint Press. 480 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Fortunately, Connell has an acute eye, and it is undoubtedly marvelous to learn that a typical breakfast on Scott’s voyage consisted of “tea and pemmican flavored with seal blubber, penguin feathers, and hair from the sleeping bags.” Another piece, about a Swedish dreadnought that sunk a mile off...

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The New York Times

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Connell is wonderfully uninterested in his own navel, wonderfully curious about almost everything else.

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Publishers Weekly

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These 20 erudite and entertaining historical essays (all but three of which have appeared in previous volumes) highlight Connell's wide-ranging intellect and lucid prose.

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Star Tribune

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Assembling long-out-of-print material and new work, this elegant, erudite collection of historical essays showcases the same literary mastery Connell displayed in "Mr. Bridge," "Son of the Morning Star" and other acclaimed books.

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Open Letters Monthly

the latter enquire after the principles of things.” The Aztec Treasure House is certainly sprawling, and not always tightly edited, but in 460 pages Connell manages to distill something wonderful, a certain consciousness of how enormous and wide-open the universe once was.

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