February 11, 2005
An Analysis of 'Myth and Symbol'
C. Wyatt Evans, assistant professor of history at Drew University and author of The Legend of John Wilkes Booth: Myth, Memory, and a Mummy (University Press of Kansas, 2004):
As a historian specializing in American intellectual and cultural history, my choice, for reasons both scholarly and practical, would be Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth. First published in 1950, Smith's study remains a remarkably fresh