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The Land of Little Rain

The Land of Little Rain

By: Mary Austin

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The enduring appeal of the desert is strikingly portrayed in this poetic study, which has become a classic of the American Southwest. First published in 1903, it is the work of Mary Austin (1868–1934), a prolific novelist, poet, critic, and playwright, who was also an ardent early feminist and champion of Indians and Spanish-Americans. She is best known today for this enchanting paean to the vast, arid, yet remarkably beautiful lands that lie east of the Sierra Nevadas, stretching south from Yosemite through Death Valley to the Mojave Desert.
Comprising fourteen sketches, the book describes plants, animals, mountains, birds, skies, Indians, prospectors, towns, and other aspects of the desert in serene, beautifully modulated prose that conveys the timeless cycles of life and death in a harsh land. Readers will never again think of the desert as a lifeless, barren environment but rather as a place of rare, austere beauty, rich in plant and animal life, weaving a lasting spell over its human inhabitants.

Reprint of the Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, 1903 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486290379
ISBN 139780486290379
Author/EditorMary Austin
FormatBook
Grade level9 and Up (ages 14 and up)
Page Count80
Dimensions5 x 8

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