Mary Austin and the American West / Edition 1

Mary Austin and the American West / Edition 1

by Susan Goodman, Carl Dawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520246357

ISBN-13: 9780520246355

Pub. Date: 01/07/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


Mary Austin (1868-1934)—eccentric, independent, and unstoppable—was twenty years old when her mother moved the family west. Austin's first look at her new home, glimpsed from California's Tejon Pass, reset the course of her life, “changed her horizons and marked the beginning of her understanding, not only about who she was, but where she needed to…  See more details below

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Mary Austin (1868-1934)—eccentric, independent, and unstoppable—was twenty years old when her mother moved the family west. Austin's first look at her new home, glimpsed from California's Tejon Pass, reset the course of her life, “changed her horizons and marked the beginning of her understanding, not only about who she was, but where she needed to be.” At a time when Frederick Jackson Turner had announced the closing of the frontier, Mary Austin became the voice of the American West. In 1903, she published her first book, The Land of Little Rain, a wholly original look at the West's desert and its ethnically diverse peoples. Defined in a sense by the places she lived, Austin also defined the places themselves, whether Bishop, in the Sierra Nevada, Carmel, with its itinerant community of western writers, or Santa Fe, where she lived the last ten years of her life. By the time of her death in 1934, Austin had published over thirty books and counted as friends the leading literary and artistic lights of her day.

In this rich new biography, Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson explore Austin's life and achievement with unprecedented resonance, depth, and understanding. By focusing on one extraordinary woman's life, Mary Austin and the American West tells the larger story of the emerging importance of California and the Southwest to the American consciousness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246355
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/07/2009
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 6.26(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents


preface / i x
chronology of mary austin’s life and work / x i i i

1 / Desert Places: 1868–1892 / 1
2 / Owens Valley: 1892–1900 / 1 4
3 / Independence: 1900–1905 / 4 8
4 / Carmel: 1904–1907 / 6 9
5 / In Italy and England: 1907–1910 / 9 3
6 / New York: 1911–1914 / 1 1 9
7 / The Village: 1914–1920 / 1 4 5
8 / The Call of the West: 1920–1924 / 1 7 2
9 / Santa Fe: 1924–1929 / 1 9 8
10 / Indian Detours and Spanish Arts / 2 1 8
11 / Last Years: 1929–1934 / 2 3 9
12 / The Accounting / 2 6 4

notes / 2 7 3
index / 0 0 0

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