Pastures of Plenty: A Self-Portrait

Woody Guthrie, Author, Dave Marsh, Editor, Harold Leventhal, Editor HarperCollins Publishers $29.95 (259p) ISBN 978-0-06-016342-6
This collection of stories, poems, songs, letters, diary entries, essays, newspaper articles, photographs and drawings--most of which have not been published before--gives new insight into the life and character of the beloved folk singer Woody Guthrie (1912-1967). Culling material from Leventhal's voluminous files of Guthrie memorabilia, Marsh ( Born to Run ) and Leventhal, who was Guthrie's manager, present a chronologically arranged selection of works in which Guthrie expresses his thoughts about himself, his life and his political beliefs--from his early days in Oklahoma to 1954, when Huntington's chorea left him almost completely incapacitated. The writings--free-form, humorous, eccentric and intensely individualistic--encompass all aspects of Guthrie's personality and reveal much about what he was striving to achieve with his social activism and often unconventional behavior. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-06-098419-9
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