"If 'This Land Is Your Land' -- originally meant as counterpoint to the sentimental "God Bless America" -- has been stripped of its undercurrent of irony by all the children who sing it each year, then Elizabeth Partridge will certainly return it to those who read her excellent, photo-studded biography of the song's author, Woody Guthrie." New York Times Book Review,  2002
"Partridge does a beautiful job…comprehensive and impressive…a rich portrait of a towering figure in American music." San Francisco Chronicle
"The author of Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange shapes a lucid, affecting portrait of another indisputably restless spirit, the prolific songwriter and impassioned folksinger, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie… Partridge offers intriguing insight into the singer as well as the creation of his songs... A memorable biography of this talented artist and understated proponent of social change."   Publishers Weekly, Starred review
"This outstanding biography belongs in every library collection, large or small. Partridge has written a fascinating portrait not only of the man, but also of the historical upheavals that shaped his life and were captured and reflected in his songs… readers are left with an overwhelming sense of the remarkable creativity and productivity of those years and its enduring legacy for future generations."   School Library Journal, Starred review
"Biographer Partridge lays out the complexities as well as the contradictions of Guthrie’s life, drawing a full picture of a man who defined both the pain and the pleasures of so many Americans during the second quarter of the twentieth century. Well-chosen illustrations of Guthrie’s own sketches, family snapshots and archival photographs both personalize and extend this account."   Horn Book, Starred review
"Woody Guthrie was arguably the greatest of American folk singers. … this fascinating, new biography will introduce him to a new generation of readers. Beautifully designed and illustrated with over 70 black-and-white photographs, this well-written account is a fitting tribute to an American legend. Partridge, whose earlier work on Dorothea Lange (Restless Spirit, 1998) was equally powerful, portrays many of the rough and tragic sides of Woody’s life." Kirkus Reviews, Starred review
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