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Heat Moon, William Least

Works: 77 works in 356 publications in 5 languages and 21,792 library holdings
Genres: Local history  Pictorial works  Travel writing  Anecdotes  History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Biographies  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Photographer
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Most widely held works about William Least Heat Moon
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Most widely held works by William Least Heat Moon
Lewis & Clark : an illustrated history by Dayton Duncan( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated history of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who set out from a camp just upstream from St. Louis in 1804 at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, to search for the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean
Columbus in the Americas by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Was Christopher Columbus an inspired explorer and brilliant navigator whose daring voyages proved the naysayers wrong - or was he a misinformed dreamer who succeeded by luck and never understood the true nature of his discovery? Was he a man of his time whose behavior should not be judged by modern standards - or a ruthless conquistador whose brutality and greed shocked even some of his contemporaries and laid the groundwork for genocide?" "In Columbus in the Americas, the author of Blue Highways and River-Horse creates a finely detailed portrait of the most famous and controversial explorer in history. Quoting liberally from what remains of Columbus's logs and other firsthand accounts, William Least Heat-Moon takes you aboard the three tiny vessels as they set out on the voyage that would change the world forever. He recreates the anxiety of their first Atlantic crossing, explains the errors in Columbus's belief that he could reach the Far East by sailing west, and gives detailed accounts of his dealings with the Tainos, the first Native Americans Columbus met."--Jacket
Writing Blue highways : the story of how a book happened by William Least Heat Moon( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper--the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike
Celestial mechanics : a tale for a mid-winter night by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this novel of haunted love, Silas Fortunato, an amateur astronomer, finds his marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not exist. Enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of reality and dreams, and lead him on a journey toward something vastly beyond himself."--Jacket flap
An Osage journey to Europe, 1827-1830 : three French accounts by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1827 six Osage people--four men and two women--traveled to Europe escorted by three Americans. Their visit was big news in France, where three short publications about the travelers appeared almost immediately. Virtually lost since the 1830s, all three accounts are gathered, translated, and annotated here for the first time in English. Among the earliest writings devoted to Osage history and culture, these works provide unique insights into Osage life and especially into European perceptions of American Indians. Translated by [William Least] Heat-Moon and James K. Wallace, the three featured texts are surprisingly accurate as basic descriptions of Osage history, geography, and lifeways. The French authors, influenced by racist and sexist expectations, misinterpreted some of the behaviors they describe. But they also dismiss rumors of cannibalism among the Osages and observe that "the behavior of some whites ... was not conducive to giving the Indians a favorable opinion of white morality."--Publisher website
Old Indian trails by Walter McClintock( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the Siksika Indians
Blue highways revisited by Edgar I Ailor( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon's route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, 'The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity -- but for how much longer who can say -- and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us.' Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon's original trek"--Book dust-jacket
Blue highways : a journey into America by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

58 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the author lost his job in a college in Missouri, he set off across America in a half-ton Ford van. This book is his account of that journey - an exploration of the American landscape and the people who live in it
PrairyErth : (a deep map) by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'autore concentra la sua attenzione su una piccola contea del Kansas, uno degli stati centrali, nel cuore del paese, là dove finiscono le foreste del Missouri e inizia la prateria del West, luogo solo apparentemente desolato e monotono. Il suo intento è quello di scoprire il carattere originario di questa terra, il genio del luogo, iniziando col descrivere l'erba alta più di tre metri, e parlando poi dell'importanza degli elementi naturali. Heat-Moon rilegge i racconti dei primi coloni, segue le tracce degli indiani, fa parlare allevatori e agricoltori, coltiva il sogno di un grande parco nazionale della prateria. Il libro diventa un canto d'amore per la natura che, non solo in America, rischia di scomparire
River-horse : the logbook of a boat across America by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A voyage across America. In the authors most impressive journey ever, he sets off aboard a small boat he named Nikawa from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon
The four seasons of Kansas by Daniel D Dancer( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Daniel Dancer moves through the four seasons, capturing first the vast, spare grandeur of prairie and sky, then focusing closer to illuminate the more intimate pieces of the Kansas landscape - the icy fur of a buffalo in winter, a solitary gravestone nearly overgrown by prairie grass. Season by season, he uncovers the uncomplicated, subtle beauty of the state." "Introducing each section of the book is an aerial photograph of an earthwork by crop artist Stan Herd. By plowing and planting various crops, Herd transformed a field into the image of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflower Still Life. Dancer's camera captures Herd's earthwork as it changes color and fullness through spring, summer, and fall, and is blanketed by snow in winter." "This revised edition features a new preface, four new seasonal essays, and eleven new photographs replacing those found in the original 1988 edition."--Jacket
Blue highways by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ervaringen van de auteur tijdens een autorit kriskras door de Verenigde Staten op zoek naar de erfenis van de Indiaanse cultuur en geschiedenis
Blue highways : Eine Reise in Amerika by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Faszinierende an Amerika: Es ist immer wieder neu zu entdecken, es wird immer wieder neu entdeckt. Blue Highways ist ein Entdeckungsbuch besonderer Art, ein Beweis dafür, daß Kolumbus aufs neue und vielleicht immer noch unterwegs ist. William Least Heat Moon umgeht das laute, das lärmende, selbstzerstörerische Amerika und fährt mit seinem Auto, das er "Geistertanz" getauft hat, über die Wege und Abwege der amerikanischen Provinz, über die "Blue Highways", die so heißen, weil sie auf den alten Straßenkarten blau eingezeichnet waren
Le strade per quoz : in giro per l'America by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in Italian and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

River-horse : [across America by boat] by William Least Heat Moon( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this abridgement of River-Horse, the pre-eminent chronicler of American back roads -- who has given us the classics Blue Highways and Prairyerth -- recounts his singular voyage through American waters from sea to sea. Along the route, he offers a lyrical and ceaselessly fascinating shipboard perspective on the country and its rivers, lakes, canals, and landscapes. Brimming with history, drama, and wisdom, River-Horse belongs in the pantheon of American travel literature. In his most ambitious journey ever, Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat he named Nikawa ("river horse" in Osage) from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon. He and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some five thousand watery miles -- more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed -- often following in the wakes of our most famous explores, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark. En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged
Classical mythology in the poetry of Robert Herrick by William Least Heat Moon( )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, there, elsewhere : stories from the road by William Least Heat Moon( )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of short writings selected by him from 30 years of magazine articles, the author draws together for the first time his greatest short-form travel writing including his funny and touching adventures in Japan, England, Italy, Mexico, Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more. In these pages we find him beside the Sea of Japan, sitting with men whose memories of war are both fresh and ancient; searching for the real Yoknapatawpha County; pondering the disappearance of twenty-seven ancient Mayan scrolls and the broader meaning of extinction; investigating the oddities of Long Island, New York; and recalling the infiltration of Thanksgiving dinner by a possible eyeball belonging to a half-blind Indian. Looking beyond the roads familiar, we encounter him searching for rare books and lost moments on the England-Wales border; conveyed by the Delta Queen down the great Mississippi River; heading beyond Poker Jim Ridge in rural Oregon in search of desert and desertion; exploring prehistoric monuments on the Orkney Islands in Scotland, and everywhere throwing away his compass as all true wanderers should. He even eats a smoked cisco
Three essays by Bill McKibben( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Red couch : a portrait of america by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roads to Quoz : an American mosey by William Least Heat Moon( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways. Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other. Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat-Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path. Sticking to the small places via the small roads--those colored blue on maps--he uncovered a nation deep in character, story, and charm. Now, for the first time since Blue Highways, Heat-Moon is back on the backroads. ROADS TO QUOZ is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small-town America
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Lewis & Clark : an illustrated history
Columbus in the AmericasOld Indian trailsBlue highways : a journey into AmericaPrairyErth : (a deep map)River-horse : the logbook of a boat across AmericaThe four seasons of KansasBlue highwaysRoads to Quoz : an American mosey
Alternative Names
Heat-Moon, William Least

Heat Moon, William Least 1939-

Least Heat-Moon William

Least Heat-Moon, William 1939-

Moon, William Heat Least.

Moon William Least Heat-

Moon, William Least Heat 1939-

Trogdon William

Trogdon, William 1939-

Trogdon, William Lewis

Trogdon, William Lewis 1939-

William Least Heat-Moon American writer

William Least Heat-Moon Amerikaans schrijver

William Least Heat-Moon amerikansk historikar og skribent

William Least Heat-Moon amerikansk historiker och författare

William Least Heat-Moon amerikansk historiker og skribent

William Least Heat-Moon scrittore statunitense

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English (250)

Italian (31)

German (6)

Dutch (5)

Japanese (4)