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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Hunter Austin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: September 9, 1868 in Carlinville, Illinois

Died: 1934, Sante Fe, New Mexico

-- Mary Hunter Austin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Austin was born in Carlinville and lived there until she graduated from Blackburn College in 1888. It was at that time, she moved with her family to California.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Hunter Austin was a prolific novelist, poet, critic, and playwright. She was 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.

In 1929, while living in New Mexico, Austin co-authored a book with photographer Ansel Adams. Published a year later, the book, Taos Pueblo, was printed in a limited edition of only 108 copies. It is now quite rare because it included actual photographs made by Adams rather than reproductions.

Mount Mary Austin, in the Sierra Nevada, was named in her honor.

Published Works

  • Earth Horizon, University of New Mexico Press, 1932
  • The Arrow Maker, Duffield Publishing, 1915
  • A Woman of Genius, Doubleday, 1912
  • Lost Borders, Harper, 1909
  • The Flock, Houghton Mifflin, 1906

Selected Titles At Your Library

Earth horizon :
ISBN: 0826313167. OCLC Number:

University of New Mexico Press,. Albuquerque :. 1991, ©1960.

Arrow-maker :
ISBN: 0404004199. OCLC Number:

Ams Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1969.

A woman of genius /
ISBN: 0405100434. OCLC Number:

Arno Press,. New York :. 1977, ©1912.

The flock /
ISBN: 0874173558. OCLC Number:

University of Nevada Press,. Reno :. 2001.