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Lamy of Santa Fe

Paul Horgan

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ISBN 10: 0819565326 / ISBN 13: 9780819565327
Published by Wesleyan, 2003
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Title: Lamy of Santa Fe

Publisher: Wesleyan

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1st Wesleyan University Press Ed.

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Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize for History-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and colleges, formed the foundation of modern-day Santa Fe and often brought him into conflict with corrupt local priests. His life story, also the subject of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, describes a pivotal period in the American Southwest, as Spanish and Mexican rule gave way to much greater influence from the U.S. and Europe. Historian and consummate stylist Paul Horgan has given us a chronicle filled with hardy, often extraordinary adventure, and sustained by Lamy's magnificent strength of character.


"Lamy of Santa Fe is a classic work. Not only is the research exemplary but so is the narrative artistry, the work of history as art." - Robert Gish, author of Nueva Granada: Paul Horgan and the Modern Southwest; "Lamy of Santa Fe stands as a beacon in American biography." - James Day, author of Paul Horgan; "Historians, and general readers as well, seeking vivid portrayal of the Southwest's political, social and cultural traditions will find [this book] rewarding.... the historical and literary heritage of Americans in general will be the richer for Mr. Horgan's painstaking effort." - Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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