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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Hunter Austin  

Pen Name: None


Born: September 9, 1868 in Carlinville, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Mary Hunter Austin lived in Illinois from her birth until 1888 when her family moved to California.

Biographical and Professional Information


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Titles At Your Library

Earth Horizon: An Autobiography
ISBN: 0826313167

Univ of New Mexico Pr. 1991

This fascinating autobiography is in many ways Austin's most appealing book. In addition to its rich historical value, it is an immensely moving account of a writer's development and a woman's life.

ISBN: 0404004199

Ams Pr Inc. 1969

The arrow-maker a drama in three acts This book, "The arrow-maker", by Mary Austin, is a replication of a book originally published before 1915. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.

A Woman of Genius (Rediscovered Fiction by American Women)
ISBN: 0405100434

Ayer Co Pub. 1977

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Flock (Western Literature Series)
ISBN: 0874173558

University of Nevada Press. 2001

The Flock is based on Mary Austin's first-hand experiences. She met many shepherds while visiting the Tejon ranches of Edward Beale and Henry Miller and cultivated relationships with men others often thought of as ignorant, unambitious, and dirty, listening closely to their stories. Her neighbors were scandalized, but Austin respected the shepherds' ways of thinking. In The Flock she captures their way of life, not as part of a romantic bygone era, but as exemplifying potentially radical ways of living in and thinking about the world. She blends natural history, politics, and allegory in a genre-blurring narrative championing local shepherds in their losing battle against the quickly developing tourist business in the Western Sierra.

Barney Nelson, a rancher, hunter, and environmental activist, is widely recognized as one of the most original voices in environmental literature today. She enhanced her new afterword with a selection of never-before published drawings by Mary Austin that were the models for the lovely, authoritative engravings in the first edition, published in 1906. The Flock, readable, informative, and perennially fresh, should bring Austin's work to a broad new audience.


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