Mary Austin

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Mary Hunter Austin (September 9, 1868 – August 13, 1934) was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes the fauna, flora and people – as well as evoking the mysticism and spirituality – of the region between the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert of southern California. (Information from Wikipedia)

Articles in Western American Literature:

The Turquoise Trail Anthology and the Poets of Santa Fe, by Michael S. Begnal

The Interconnected Bioregion: Transregional Networks in Mary Austin’s The Ford, by John Peterson

“Left All Alone in This World’s Wilderness”: Queer Ecology, Desert Spaces, and Unmaking the Nation in Frank Norris’s McTeague, by Jada Ach

“Discovering” New Talent: Charles F. Lummis’s Conflicted Mentorship of Sui Sin Far, Sharlot Hall, and Mary Austin, by Joe Staples

A Rain Song for America: Mary Austin, American Indians, and American Literature and Culture, by Martha L. Viehmann

 Naturist as Tourist: Mary Austin’s “Automobile Eye View” in The Land of Journeys’ Ending, by Betsy Klimasmith

Native Presence and Survivance in Early Twentieth-Century Translations by Natalie Curtis Burlin and Mary Austin, by Maureen Salzer

To bring the world into divine focus: Syncretic Prophecy in The Land of Little Rain, by Mark T. Hoyer

Prophecy in a New West: Mary Austin and the Ghost Dance Religion, by Mark T. Hoyer

Mary Austin’s Disfigurement of the Southwest in The Land of Little Rain, by William J. Scheick

Mary Austin and Houghton Mifflin Company: A Case Study in the Marketing of a Western Writer, by Karen S. Langlois

The American Rhythm: Mary Austin’s Poetic Principle, by Thomas W. Ford