“Between the high Sierras south from Yosemite—east and south over a very great assemblage of broken ranges beyond Death Valley, and on illimitably into the Mojave Desert” is the territory that Mary Austin calls the Land of Little Rain. In this classic collection of meditations on the wonders of this region, Austin generously shares “such news of the land, of its trails and what is astir in them, as one lover of it can give to another.” Her vivid writings capture the landscape—from burnt hills to sun-baked mesas—as well as the rich variety of plant and animal life, and the few human beings who inhabit the land, including cattlemen, miners, and Paiute Indians.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Classic, Nature, Penguin Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.03(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Robert Hass is the author of Sun Under Wood, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and is currently a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amazing book that provides the reader with a honest description of the American West. The book is important because it goes against the view that most people had of the West as a land of milk and honey, as a place that was empty and ready to be settle. The book is also important because it gives a view of the West from a woman's point of view. The fact that this book was not a success when it first was published is an example of how the voice of women was ignored in those days by those who were not willing to accept the facts about a place that had become dominated by men. A outstanding book about the American West.