From 1922-25, The Nation published essays by leading writers on each of the then-48 states, plus one on N.Y.C. Here, dusted off and intelligently introduced by Borus (History/Univ. of Rochester), are those pieces, by the likes of H.L. Mencken (``Maryland: Apex of Normalcy''), Sherwood Anderson (``Ohio: I'll Say We've Done Well''), Sinclair Lewis (``Minnesota: The Norse State''), James M. Cain (``West Virginia: A Mine-Field Melodrama''), W.E.B. du Bois, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Edmund Wilson, Jr., and a host of lesser-knowns.
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