Gerald W. Haslam was born in Bakersfield, raised in Oildale in California's Great Central Valley, the setting of most of his books. Much of his writing, starting with a series of pieces for The Nation four decades ago, has sought to bring his native state's image more into line with its reality. He has particularly celebrated California's rural and small town areas, its poor and working class people of all colors, to explore the human condition. He wrote in the Introduction to Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free, "no matter what our color or sex, we have more uniting than separating us. What is most important is that we are all members of the human family."
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|Coming of age in California||American Authors|
|Condor dreams & other fictions||Fiction|
|Forgotten pages of American literature||American literature|
|Hawk flights||Western stories|
|In thought and action||College teachers|
|Jack Schaefer||American Authors|
|Lawrence Clark Powell||Criticism and interpretation|
|Manuel and the Madman||Fiction|
|Many Californias||Literary collections|
|Straight white male||Adult children of aging parents|
|That constant coyote||Fiction|
|The Great Central Valley||History|
|The great Tejon Club jubilee||Bars (Drinking establishments)|
|The language of the oil fields: exa ...||English language|
|The other California||Description and travel|
|The wages of sin|
|Voices of a place||American Authors|
|Western Writing||American Authors|
|William Eastlake||Criticism and interpretation|
|Workin' man blues||Country music|
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