Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era, 1916-1941
Both Santa Fe and Taos are well known as important twentieth-century American art colonies, but their fame has rested more on the reputations of resident and visiting artists than the contributions of the writers, playwrights and poets--notable among them D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Thornton Wilder, Carl Sandburg, John Galsworthy, Sinclair Lewis and Edna St. Vincent Millay--who visited or lived and worked side-by-side with the artists. First published in 1982, "Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era, 1916-1941" highlights "Literary New Mexico" the writers who followed Alice Corbin Henderson to Santa Fe and Mabel Dodge Luhan to Taos after 1916 and who later sought the company of Witter Bynner, Spud Johnson, Mary Austin, Haniel Long and Oliver La Farge, residents during what "Southwest Classics" author Lawrence Clark Powell calls a "glorious literary period." Marta Weigle has taught anthropology, English, and American studies at the University of New Mexico since 1972. Currently a University Regents Professor in the Anthropology Department, she has chaired that department and the American Studies Department. Among her many books on the Southwest are the co-authored "The Lore of New Mexico" (1988, 2003), the edited "New Mexicans in Cameo and Camera: New Deal Documentation of Twentieth-Century Lives" (1985), and the co-edited "The Great Southwest of the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railway" (1996) and "Telling New Mexico: A New History" (2009). She is also the author of "Brothers of Light, Brothers of Blood: The Penitentes of the Southwest" and its companion "A Penitente Bibliography" as well as "Spiders & Spinsters, Women and Mythology," all from Sunstone Press. In 2005 she received the inaugural State Historian's Award for Excellence in New Mexico Heritage Scholarship from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Kyle Fiore is an artist and writer teaching at the University of New Mexico at the time of the publication of this book, fascinated by student minds and possibilities for human peace. She is co-author of "Las Mujeres: Conversations from a Hispanic Community" (1980).
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