Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize winning author from Seattle, Washington. He contributes opinion to the New York Times as the paper’s Pacific Northwest correspondent (Egan). In New York Times, he has written six books, consisting of titles such as “The Good Rain” and “Breaking Blue”. Egan recently accomplished another title to ass into his literary portfolio entitled “The Big Burn”. It comprehensively talks about “The Great Fire of 1910,” which according to history has burned approximately three million acres forestland in the United States. Egan was given recognition by the Washington State Book Awards in 2006 for his contributions in Biography and history. Before is recognition from The National Book Award, Egan was first awarded in 2001 with Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting regarding his notable work in the book series entitled “How Race is lived in America”.
Timothy Egan wrote The Worst Hard Time to follow the history of the region from the agricultural development of the early twentieth century through the event of the 1930’s. It is more literary and journalistic treatment than a history. He wrote that book because of the death of the small town in western side of the Great Plains. He seriously craves on that to know the history of the Dust Bowl. He knew that threes a bigger story, late 1930’s have amazing story. A lot of people said that time their ignorant, stupid, and they thought it was going to end, they thought, this can’t possibly go on. He says that was a Steinbeck and that was the grapes of wrath. It turns out everyone did not leave. He felt a sense of urgency. He is more care about people who live in that place that is why he wrote the history of the Dust Bowl in Western. He cares about the people who live in their especially to those farmers because of the agriculture there, their subsistence.
Egan focuses on the land and the person there and how does this disaster end. The book begins in 1901, for twenty-five years the Texans are struggling to with the United States government regarding the honoring of the treaties that were signed together with the Indians residing in the land. The book accounts the struggles, tragedies and compelling stories of the people living in the so-called Dust Bowl era at the North American South central plains. The book itself provides just enough photographic and statistical information to the reader in order for them to understand the kind of devastation that the South central plains settlers have endured throughout the era.
The Worst Hard Times encompasses a literary characteristic of a masterpiece that is not limited to the tenets of fictional writing, but generally a depiction of reality presented in such a manner that encompasses a literary apprehension. The book basically talks about life experiences that can be seen in the today’s era such as element of heroism, courage, sacrifice, determination and resilience. Typically, the literacy genre offers fictional recollection of events and characters that can only be perceived in imaginative conclusions. However, Egan’s work constituted a realistic value and vision of the real situation that took place in old America, wherein the people are amidst the economic turmoil that resulted to poverty and certain uncertainties. The hardships of the people depicted in the book are analogies of today’s people’s struggle for survival due to environmental economic adversities. One of the ideas pointed out in the book is how the government responds to the situation by creating a positive change that they thought would help relieve of all the people’s struggles.
Egan’s tell an extra ordinary tale in this visceral account of how America’s great plains turned to dust. Egan described several human catastrophic events in his work such as natural disasters, depression years of drought and other ecological devastations. Egan is more about how people concurs their fear to that tragedy. This was absolutely totally bleak, depressing, and tragic. Americans experience the horrific Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. Perhaps most disturbing is Egan’s tone. He writes about the people who want to leave on that area to find a place where the routine of a day was not so full of random death.
Egan discover also these people are dying they are in their 80’s and their 90’s and they have amazing story to tell and he felt of urgency. This sense of urgency is to get their story to be sort of the bridge from them to the current generation. Egan used a text base approach in presenting his vision, which is different from his predecessors back in the 1940s. Generally the terms of Informal text and nonfiction are used vice versa. However, the informal text is a type of nonfiction literature wherein its context can be found from the texts itself. It implicates accuracy that can immediately be perceived right at the moment of reading. Informal text modifies from spare types of nonfiction in direction, features and format. The main prospect of Informational text is to convey information about the instinctive or social world. Commonly, the selective features of a text-based literature contain elements such as headings and technical vocabulary to advocate or carry out its purpose. Therefore, Biography is nonfiction, but it is not informal text since its main purpose is to guide information to every person’s life. Narrative or True stories are also nonfiction, but it’s not informal text since their central purpose is to tell catastrophe or series of events that have appeared. It has appropriate feature such as transmitted the whole classes of things in a perennial way. It comes in various formats. This not means that the biography, nonfiction narrative, procedural text, and other kind of published document are inapplicable; they are just not containing the same facts. However, in Egan’s text the depictions of the characters in his work are well defined and described by the narratives presented in every chapter. There is a huge difference on how photography presents its narratives that can only be deciphered by analyzing the graphical components of the images being presented in the literature.
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Timothy Egan, “The Worst Hard Time”. It was all about the Dust Bowl tragedy in Seattle Washington. He wrote that book to help the people in that area. The book tells about life experiences and that can be seen in the today’s era. It is the hardship of people, sacrifice, and the struggle for survival. America’s high plains was terrorized by the dust storms in the horrible years of the despondency were nothing seen it before. Timothy Egan has pursued half-dozen families and their communities over the rise and fall of the arena, going to turf homes to contemporary framed houses to converge in basements with windows impenetrable by saturated sheets in a delusive effort to accumulate the dust out. He comply their hazardous attempts to endure through crop failure, blinding black and the deaths of their loved ones.
Egan, T. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. New York, USA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006. Print.
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