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Harrigan, Stephen 1948-

Works: 98 works in 262 publications in 3 languages and 10,656 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biographical fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Western films  Biography  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, wst
Classifications: PS3558.A626, 813.54
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The gates of the Alamo : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 2,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A full-scale fictional chronicle centered around the fall of the Alamo bristles with historical figures, including Jim Bowie, Santa Anna, and Davy Crockett, among others, as it provides a dramatic re-creation of an event that shaped the history and identity of Texas
A friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The novel opens in 1832 in the Black Hawk War, when Micajah (Cage) Weatherby--an imaginary character--and Lincoln meet. Afterwards Cage musters out to Springfield, Illinois, where he becomes part of the group of ambitious young men, which includes Lincoln, in this frontier town on the make. And it is through Cage that we come to know his friend Lincoln in his twenties and early thirties, the Lincoln who is already a circuit-riding lawyer and a member of the state legislature, filled with an almost ungovernable ambition. But to Cage and to others with big dreams in this group--which includes Joshua Speed, Billy Herndon, Ninian Edwards, Stephen Douglas, Jim Reed--he is also a beloved, hypnotic figure, physically powerful, by turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possesed, and a supremely gifted story teller, a man of whom they expect big things. Cage, a poet, both admires and clashes with Lincoln, as Lincoln's legal ethics allow him to take a murderer's case, or clients on both sides of the slavery issue. And Cage, himself engaged in a long affair with an independent young widow, charts Lincoln's never easy path, from his high spirits and earthy jokes to his soul-hollowing sadness and bouts with the hypo (depression), from his disastrous courtship of another Mary to finally marriage with beautiful, capricious, politically savvy, Mary Todd, who at the close of the novel in 1847 has presented him one son and some stability, although it leads to conflict with Cage, and sends the two men on very different paths into the future"--
Remember Ben Clayton : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis "Gil" Gilheaney is a sculptor of boundless ambition. But bad fortune and his own prideful spirit have driven him from New York into artistic exile in Texas just after World War I. His adult daughter, Maureen, serves as his assistant, although she has artistic ambitions of her own and is beginning to understand how her own career--perhaps even her life--has become hostage to her driven father's "wild pursuit of glory." When Lamar Clayton, an aging, heartbroken rancher, offers Gil a commission to create a memorial statue of his son Ben, who was killed in the war, Gil seizes the opportunity to create what he believes will be his greatest achievement
Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronaut Lucy Kincheloe's personal life is in tatters. Her marriage to Brian, also an astronaut, is deteriorating and her son is very ill. These earthbound human concerns will haunt her as she blasts off into space on her first shuttle flight. Only after a space accident that renders the world below distant and perhaps unreachable, are things put in context
Aransas : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eye of the mammoth : selected essays by Stephen Harrigan( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In four decades of writing for magazines ranging from Texas Monthly to the Atlantic, American History, and Travel Holiday, Stephen Harrigan has established himself as one of America's most thoughtful writers. In this career-spanning anthology, which gathers together essays from two previous books--A Natural State and Comanche Midnight--as well as previously uncollected work, readers finally have a comprehensive collection of Harrigan's best nonfiction. History--natural history, human history, and personal history--and place are the cornerstones of The Eye of the Mammoth. But the specific history or place varies considerably from essay to essay. Harrigan's career has taken him from the Alaska Highway to the Chihuahuan Desert, from the casinos of Monaco to his ancestors' village in the Czech Republic. Texas is the subject of a number of essays, and a force in shaping others, as in "The Anger of Achilles," in which a nineteenth-century painting moves the author despite his possessing a "Texan's suspicion of serious culture." Harrigan's deceptively straightforward voice, however, belies an intense curiosity about things that, by his own admission, may be "unknowable." Certainly, we are limited in what we can know about the inner life of George Washington, the last days of Davy Crockett, or the motives of a caged tiger, but Harrigan's gift--a gift that has also made him an award-winning novelist--is to bring readers closer to such things, to make them less remote, just as a cave painting in the title essay eerily transmits the living stare of a long-extinct mammoth."--Publisher's website
Jacob's well : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sam Marsh, a geologist, and his wife Libby, are separated after the death of their baby. Libby becomes involved with a scuba diver, who becomes obsessed with Jacob's Well, a cave near Austin, Texas, that may lead deep into an aquifer. The three of them begin diving in the cave together, discovering its secrets and their own fates. The story and characters capture the languid pace of hot, humid Austin
The last of his tribe by Harry Hook( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sole survivor of the massacre of his people, Ishi has been discovered by Dr. Kroeber and his wife Henriette. Ishi carries the secrets of his people-- secrets no white man knows--
King of Texas by William Shakespeare( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging cattle baron's plan to divide his vast spread among his three daughters ignites a sibling blood feud in this volatile Wild West retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear."
Water and light : a diver's journey to a coral reef by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the months the author spent diving on the coral reefs off Grand Turk Island in the Carribean.0
Comanche midnight : essays by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The title and opening essay of Texan Harrigan's (A Natural State) latest collection concerns the United States' continued affronts of the Comanche tribe. These affronts, Harrigan writes, have left a proud people torn between fading traditions and increasing social responsibilities. Although Harrigan does recall some of the Comanche history, he is careful not to let the past overwhelm the immediacy of the problems faced by contemporary Comanches. Like such writers as Barry Lopez and Peter Matthiessen, Harrigan sticks to the facts, whatever poetry comes from his thorough reporting rather than from sparkling prose. ``The Bay'' details the prolonged ecological collapse of Galveston Bay, while ``The Soul of Treaty Oak'' recreates the chaos and comedy following the poisoning of Austin's celebrated centuries-old tree. In ``The Temple of Destiny, '' Harrigan examines the defeat of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, and Cortes's murderous response to Aztec ritualized human sacrifice. Harrigan's compassion for these defeated subjects is offset throughout by an overwhelming sense of wanting to piece together another portion of the historical puzzle. Writing in a state known for its enormity, Harrigan is on the side of the small men who often die victims of a history that too quickly forgets
A book of photographs from Lonesome Dove by William D Wittliff( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now bringing the sweeping visual imagery of the miniseries to the printed page, A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove presents more than one hundred classic images created by Bill Wittliff, the award-winning writer and executive producer (with Suzanne De Passe) of Lonesome Dove and a renowned fine art photographer. Wittliff took these photographs during the filming of the miniseries, but they are worlds apart from ordinary production stills
The gates of the Alamo : [a novel] by Stephen Harrigan( Recording )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A huge, riveting, deeply imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo, an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history. An unforgettable re-creation ofa time, a place and a heroic conflict
Contemporary Texas : a photographic portrait( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La vida brinca : a book of tragaluz photographs by William D Wittliff( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"La vida brinca--life jumps--and yet we strive to capture its passing moments by creating images. One of the simplest yet most evocative techniques for image-making is pinhole photography. Using a tiny aperture without a lens to shine light on a piece of film, pinhole cameras accumulate light until an image forms. Bill Wittliff calls the cameras he makes tragaluces, "light swallowers." By controlling only the size of the aperture, the distance to the film, and the length of the exposure, he makes images that forsake the documentary realism of traditional photography to disclose instead the presence of the mystical in the everyday world. The tragaluz photographs in La Vida Brinca record iconic images of Hispanic life. Wittliff photographed fiestas, religious observances, street scenes, people's faces, and enduring rural landscapes. But with the soft focus and surprise elements that typify his tragaluz photographs, these images become dreamlike--scenes from a world where, as Stephen Harrigan says, "reassuring touchstones are likely to dissolve, and where the unseen is always startlingly on view." The accompanying essays by Harrigan and Elizabeth Ferrer discuss the history and techniques of pinhole photography, as well as Bill Wittliff's artistic choice to work in this medium. As a work of art, La Vida Brinca reveals that pinhole photography is an ideal vehicle for finding profound meaning in the commonplace, for seeing beyond what the eye can see"--Publisher's description
Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan( Recording )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While preparing for her first mission, astronaut and wife and mother, Lucy Kinceloe has an affair with training team leader Walt Womack. The team gets stranded at a space station for three months until help can arrive while her family and lover worry about her marooned status
A friend of Mr. Lincoln : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Recording )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harrigan uses a fictional character friend to give a galvanizing portrait of Abraham Lincoln during a crucially revealing period of his life, the early Springfield years, when he risked both his sanity and his ethical bearing as he searched for the great destiny he believed to be his
The world at war, 1914-1918 by Jean M Cannon( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remember Ben Clayton : a novel by Stephen Harrigan( Recording )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exiled to Texas with his grown daughter, sculptor Francis "Gil" Gilheaney is commissioned to create a statue for a man who recently lost his son in WWI. But as work on the statue progresses, secrets slowly reveal themselves and Gil's fragile family threads begin to fray
They came from the sky : the Spanish arrive in Texas by Stephen Harrigan( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fall of 2018, the University of Texas Press will publish the inaugural volume of the Texas Bookshelf, a major new history of Texas by Stephen Harrigan, the New York Times best-selling author. The Texas Bookshelf promises to be the most ambitious and comprehensive publishing endeavor about the culture and history of one state ever undertaken. Comprised of in-depth general-interest histories of a range of Texas subjects?politics, music, film, business, architecture, and sports, among many others?the Bookshelf volumes will be written by the state's brightest authors, scholars, and intellectuals, all affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin. Published in a signed edition, They Came from the Sky offers an exciting preview of Harrigan's sweeping, full-length history. This tantalizing "short" begins with the earliest native inhabitants over ten thousand years ago and continues through the ill-fated Spanish explorations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In its pages, we encounter the prehistoric flint producers and traders who were Texas's first entrepreneurs; Spanish castaways and would-be conquerors; the Karankawas, Querechos (Apaches), and Caddos, whose lifeways were forever changed by contact with Europeans; and the "Lady in Blue," an abbess who mysteriously claimed to have visited the "Quivira and the Jumanas" in Texas while remaining within her Spanish cloister"--Publisher's website
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The gates of the Alamo : a novel
Alternative Names
Harrigan Steven

Harrigan, Steven 1948-

Stephen Harrigan American writer

Stephen Harrigan Amerikaans scenarioschrijver

Stephen Harrigan amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und Drehbuchautor

Stephen Harrigan escritor estadounidense

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Spanish (2)

Swedish (2)

Remember Ben Clayton : a novelChallenger ParkThe last of his tribeWater and light : a diver's journey to a coral reefComanche midnight : essaysA book of photographs from Lonesome DoveThe gates of the Alamo : [a novel]La vida brinca : a book of tragaluz photographsChallenger Park