Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first ...

Author: William Least Heat-Moon

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826273253

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 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. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

Blue Highways

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.

Author: William Least Heat-Moon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316218542

Category: Travel

Page: 420

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map -- if they get on at all -- only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.


This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color.

Author: Edgar I. Ailor

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826219695

Category: Photography

Page: 322

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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. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to Blue Highways).

Here There Elsewhere

Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, Here, There, Elsewhere is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory.

Author: William Least Heat-Moon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316225014

Category: Travel

Page: 416

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From the acclaimed author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and Roads to Quoz, a dazzling collection of travel tales from the road. Here, There, Elsewhere draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries. Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, Here, There, Elsewhere is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

American Nature Writers

Blue Highways streams , the trees , the land itself — always exists in his work
alongside the domesticated world reproduced on highway maps and in
government surveys . Maps and mapmaking are a major theme in Least Heat -
Moon ' s ...

Author: John Elder

Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference

ISBN: 0684196921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1210

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The Scribner Writers Series has set the standard for literary reference for more than 25 years. In addition to addressing the lives and careers of important writers, the articles discuss the themes and styles of major works and place them in pertinent historical, social and political contexts for today's readers. Novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets, short story writers, and more recently, genre writers in science fiction and mystery, are all expertly discussed in the more than 16 sets comprising this series.The essays in the set combine biography, criticism, and in some cases, original interviews to tell the story of each author. This set includes 70 biographical/critical essays on such writers as Rachel Carson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Gary Snyder and 12 general subject essays.

Writing Baseball

From Blue Highways William Least Heat Moon I WALKED DOWN to the bakery ,
the one with flour sacks for sale in the front window and bowling trophies above
the apple turnovers . The people of the northern midlands , the Swedes and ...

Author: Jerry Klinkowitz


ISBN: UOM:39015021863231

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 204

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Cutting across literary genres, the 24 selections in this anthology (selected by literary critic and minor league baseball executive Klinkowitz) address the manifold activities of baseball from sandlot games to the major leagues. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Writing on the Edge

This bifurcation between studying to be a professor and wanting to take to the
road reached a point where my life felt ready to split apart , and that's when Blue
Highways comes in . Not long before walking away from academic life and taking



ISBN: WISC:89101620086

Category: English language


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Rediscovering Steinbeck

Blue Highways , on the other hand , succeeds both popularly and artistically . ...
are unimagined , non - fictional reports of places during a certain historical time
and fit most of the criteria William Stott uses to characterize documentary writing )

Author: Cliff Lewis


ISBN: UOM:49015001247445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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Nine revisionist essays that challenge the notion that the Nobel Prize winning novelist John Steinbeck was a realist and a mystic, arguing instead that he was a humanitarian and a great intellectual.

Popular writing in America

William Least Heat Moon / Blue Highways 1982 One of the most enduring
traditions in American culture is the literature of the open road. From Walt
Whitman and Henry David Thoreau to John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac,
American writers ...

Author: Donald McQuade

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195035895

Category: History

Page: 659

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Reading to Writing

READING : “ HOPI LAND " The book Blue Highways is William Least Heat
Moon's autobiographical journal of his year - long trip on the backwoods ' roads
of America ( on maps these roads are designated as Blue Highways ) . The
author , a ...

Author: Jack O'Keefe

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 0155757849

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 303

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Masterplots II

BLUE HIGHWAYS A Journey into America ) . Author : William Least Heat - Moon (
William Trogdon , 1939 - Type of work : Travel writing First published : 1982
Principal personages : WILLIAM LEAST HEAT - MOON , the author , who is
traveling ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 0893564796

Category: Poetry

Page: 1745

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A digest of plots and critiques of 318 twentieth century nonfiction works "in the areas of autobiography, memoirs, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and other subjects for the non-specialist reader"--Publisher's catalog.

The College Reader

Linking Reading to Writing Sue Lonoff de Cuevas. 53 I thought a moment . ... 384
) , Heat - Moon provided the following information on the process of writing Blue
Highways : 06 1 kept three kinds of notes as I went . One was a daily log which I ...

Author: Sue Lonoff de Cuevas

Publisher: Harpercollins College Division

ISBN: 0673187268

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing

Thinking Critically About Blue Highways Unlike Russell, who comments
extensively on the significance of his experience, William Least Heat-Moon
expects the reader to connect the narrator's thoughts and sights early in the day
with the brief ...

Author: Bean Ramage


ISBN: 0536635609

Category: English language

Page: 566

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Writing Creative Nonfiction

But how to begin a beginning ? Blue Highways earned great praise from many
quarters . A review by Robert Penn Warren said , in part : “ A masterpiece ... Least
Heat Moon has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves

Author: Theodore Albert Rees Cheney


ISBN: UCSC:32106017215309

Category: Creative nonfiction

Page: 271

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What do writers as diverse as Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson have in common? All are masters of the art of writing creative nonfiction, capable of infusing the most prosaic of topics with wit, poignancy, and style. "Writing Creative Nonfiction" outlines the tried-and-true techniques that such writers use to craft brilliant essays, articles, and book-length works, making the tools of trade accessible to those of us who have always dreamed of making our mark in publishing. You'll learn how to write gripping opening sentences; use dialogue and even overheard conversations to bring characters to life on the page: and conduct and incorporate research to add depth and breadth to your work. With the demand for content in both traditional and emerging medias at an all-time high, you too can become a cultural critic, biographer, or esteemed essayist with the help of this indispensable guide.

Great Plains Quarterly

HIGHWAYS AND PRAIRYERTH 5 1 1 26. ... William Least Heat - Moon
articulates his theory of travel writing , indicating his understanding of the
purposes of travel ...



ISBN: WISC:89066464645

Category: Great Plains


View: 200


The Blue Highway

As long as fish all stayed at home , I'd try to write a coral poem Like that great
genius , Umpty Ome . I'd let the fish forever be Alone within the Yellow Sea . ” “
That is excellent , ” said Shao Hao , “ but why do you say , ' So he has never fried
two ' ...

Author: Ethel Owen


ISBN: WISC:89011813318

Category: Fairy tales

Page: 126

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Michigan Roads and Construction

Think Snow in Oakland Scenic Roads Bill Pushed William Least Heat - Moon ,
author of Blue Highways , a New York Times ... In the course of writing his book
— named as Time Magazine ' s top nonfiction book for 1983 – Least HeatMoon ...



ISBN: UOM:39015018276009

Category: Roads


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Quick Access Simon Schuster Reference for Writers

William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways Process Process writing tells how to do
something. It gives instruction or advice. Most process writing is organized
chronologically because sequence is very important, and it must include all the
steps ...

Author: Lynn Quitman Troyka

Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall

ISBN: 0131399063

Category: Academic writing

Page: 550

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75 Readings Plus

For a variation , select a few photos of you on vacation and write postcard
captions for them . b . ... Keep in mind what William Least Heat - Moon said about
writing Blue Highways : “ It ' s important to distinguish between the actual journey
that I ...

Author: Santi V. Buscemi

Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

ISBN: 0070093520

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 472

View: 714


Offering a balanced collection of classic contemporary essays, this guide includes coverage of writing styles, voices and cultural perspectives.

The Atlantic

Mr. Warren writes, "He makes America seem new, and in a very special way, and
its people new." At this writing it looks as though blue highways may be
published in countries all over the world, to make America seem new. BLUE



ISBN: STANFORD:36105007074466

Category: American literature


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