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Starr, Kevin

Works: 178 works in 430 publications in 3 languages and 16,047 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Aerial photographs  Biography  Juvenile works  Didactic fiction  Western fiction 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Secretary
Classifications: PS2472, 813.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kevin Starr
Americans and the California dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin Starr( Book )

35 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Series statement from author's Material dreams. Bibliography: p. 460-479
Inventing the dream : California through the Progressive Era by Kevin Starr( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation With the exception of certain deliberate excursions to the north, this narrative is more than half concerned with the rise of Southern California in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus remains, as usual, the imaginative and symbolic aspects of experience as the imagination impinges upon social and psychological realities and in turn transforms the materials of experience into the building blocks of identity
California : a history by Kevin Starr( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a comprehensive history of the state of California describing its early native peoples, Spanish conquest, the Gold Rush of 1848, the railroad, San Francisco earthquake, and much more
Material dreams : Southern California through the 1920s by Kevin Starr( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. Although he treats readers to intriguing side trips to Santa Barbara and Pasadena, Starr focuses here mainly on Los Angeles, revealing how this major city arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, propounded the importance of water in Southern California's future, and how such figures as the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles) and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil ("Yes it's oil, oil, oil / that makes LA boil," went the official drinking song of the Uplifters Club), the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture (such as the remarkably innovative Bradbury Building and its eccentric, neophyte designer, George Wyman), the impact of the automobile on city planning, the great antiquarian book collections, the Hollywood film community, and much more. By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Kevin Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose
Endangered dreams : the Great Depression in California by Kevin Starr( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of California in the 1930s, discussing topics that include the depression, Utpon Sinclair's campaign for governor, Harry Bridges and the San Francisco general strike, and the public and private relief programs for the more than one million emigrants from the dust bowl
The dream endures : California enters the 1940s by Kevin Starr( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What we now call "the good life" first appeared in California during the 1930s. In The Dream Endures, Kevin Starr shows how the good life prospered in California - in pursuits such as film, fiction, leisure, and architecture - and helped to define American culture and society then and for years to come. The 1930s were the heyday of the Hollywood studios, and Starr brilliantly captures Hollywood films and the society that surrounded the studios. Starr offers an astute
Golden Gate : the life and times of America's greatest bridge by Kevin Starr( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Golden Gate, a dazzling feat of engineering completed in 1937, is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakably American fashion. This is a passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, historian Kevin Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art--From publisher description
Coast of dreams : California on the edge, 1990-2003 by Kevin Starr( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It explores California politics (including Arnold Schwarzenegger's election in the 2003 recall), the multifaceted business landscape, and controversial icons such as O.J. Simpson."--Jacket
An Introduction to The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck : audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a novel about a poor family of sharecroppers who are driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry during the Great Depression
Embattled dreams : California in war and peace, 1940-1950 by Kevin Starr( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose, Kevin Starr's acclaimed multi-volume Americans and the California Dream is an unparalleled work of cultural history. Now, in Embattled Dreams, the sixth volume in this monumental work, Starr looks at 1940s California, the war years and their aftermath. California in the years surrounding World War II was a time of sweeping change, drama and intrigue, heroism and tragedy, a decade that saw the emergence of a new, more powerful role for California in the nation. Starr captures this exciting era with his unique vision and masterful prose. He describes the vast expansion of the war industry and California's role as "arsenal of democracy" (especially the significant part women played in the aviation industry). He examines the politics of the state: Earl Warren as the dominant political figure, the anti-communist movement and "red baiting," and the early career of Richard Nixon. He also looks at culture, ranging from Hollywood, to the counterculture with Henry Miller at Big Sur, to film noir and the fiction of Raymond Chandler. And he illuminates the harassment of Japanese immigrants and the shameful treatment of other minorities, especially Hispanics and blacks. Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Starr as "the foremost chronicler of that often fabulous region, imposing upon the dramatic elements of California history a novelist's imagination and a cosmopolitan and sophisticated intelligence." In Embattled Dreams, Starr provides an unforgettable portrait of California, a spell-binding account of the state as it transformed itself from a regional power to the dominant economic, social, and cultural force in the nation."
An introduction to The call of the wild by Jack London by Dan Stone( Recording )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Jack London's tale of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack
An introduction to My Ántonia by Willa Cather : audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Willa Cather's novel about the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land of nineteenth century Nebraska
Golden dreams : California in an age of abundance, 1950-1963 by Kevin Starr( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starr brilliantly illuminates the dominant economic, social, and cultural forces in California in these pivotal years. In a powerful blend of telling events, colorful personalities, and insightful analyses, Starr examines such issues as the overnight creation of the postwar California suburb, the rise of Los Angeles as Super City, the reluctant emergence of San Diego as one of the largest cities in the nation, and the decline of political centrism. He explores the Silent Generation and the emergent Boomer youth cult, the Beats and the Hollywood "Rat Pack," the pervasive influence of Zen Buddhism and other Asian traditions in art and design, the rise of the University of California and the emergence of California itself as a utopia of higher education, the cooling of West Coast jazz, freeway and water projects of heroic magnitude, outdoor life and the beginnings of the environmental movement. More broadly, he shows how California not only became the most populous state in the Union, but in fact evolved into a mega-state en route to becoming the global commonwealth it is today. -- Publisher description
Rooted in barbarous soil : people, culture, and community in Gold Rush California( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McTeague : a story of San Francisco : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism by Frank Norris( Book )

25 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple's life and love are destroyed when they win the lottery in this tragic tale of turn-of-the-century San Francisco. McTeague and Trina are in love, and with the modest income from McTeague's dentistry office, their needs are few. But when Trina wins a small fortune from a lottery ticket, jealousy and distrust begin to unravel their happy home. As tension erupts between McTeague and Trina's cousin Marcus, Trina's impulse to save her winnings slowly gives way to a pathological obsession with hoarding money. Betrayed and destitute, the couple embarks on a journey down a path of violence, theft, and murder. Considered transgressive for its brutality and sordid subject matter upon first publication in 1899, McTeague has since served as the basis for the films Greed (1924) by Erich von Stroheim and Slow Burn (2000), starring Minnie Driver and James Spader
In America's shadow by Mitchell T Maki( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of Japanese Americans from immigration to the World War II internment, as told through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather
Land's end by Kevin Starr( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over California by Kevin Starr( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over California is a unique and spectacular aerial portrait of America's "Golden State." Through dramatic images photographed high above the cities and mountains of California, this book provides unusual and beautiful perspectives of a place that is, according to author Kevin Starr, a state of mind as well as a state"--Book jacket
Los Angeles : portrait of a city = Porträt einer Stadt = portrait d'une ville by Jim Heimann( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and German and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history of Los Angeles, this title examines the city's critical developments ranging from the real estate booms of the 1880s to the uncontrolled urban sprawl of the late 20th century
Continental ambitions : Roman Catholics in North America : the Colonial experience by Kevin Starr( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book details three Roman Catholic civilizations--Spain, France, and Recusant England--as they explored, evangelized, and settled the North American continent
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Americans and the California dream, 1850-1915
Alternative Names
Kevin Starr American historian

Kevin Starr Amerikaans historicus

Kevin Starr amerikai történész

Kevin Starr amerikanischer Historiker

Kevin Starr bibliothécaire

Kevin Starr historiador estadounidense

Starr, Kevin 1940-

Starr, Kevin, 1940-2017


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Inventing the dream : California through the Progressive EraCalifornia : a historyMaterial dreams : Southern California through the 1920sEndangered dreams : the Great Depression in CaliforniaThe dream endures : California enters the 1940sGolden Gate : the life and times of America's greatest bridgeCoast of dreams : California on the edge, 1990-2003Embattled dreams : California in war and peace, 1940-1950