Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality

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UNM Press, 1937 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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In 1917 Mabel Sterne, patron of the arts and spokeswoman for the New York avant-garde, came to the Southwest seeking a new life. This autobiographical account, long out-of-print, of her first few months in New Mexico is a remarkable description of an Easterner's journey to the American West. It is also a great story of personal and philosophical transformation. The geography of New Mexico and the culture of the Pueblo Indians opened a new world for Mabel. She settled in Taos immediately and lived there the rest of her life. Much of this book describes her growing fascination with Antonio Luhan of Taos Pueblo, whom she subsequently married. Her descriptions of the appeal of primitive New Mexico to a world-weary New Yorker are still fresh and moving.


"I finished it in a state of amazed revelation . . . it is so beautifully compact and consistent. . . . It is going to help many another woman and man to 'take life with the talons' and carry it high."--Ansel Adams

  

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User Review  - franciszka - Goodreads

an amazing way to get a sense/feel for a taos / northern new mexico as it was blooming in the early 1900s (through the eyes of a white artist/socialite landing there who can get real tokenizing about the native population). Read full review

Review: Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality

User Review  - franciszka - Goodreads

an amazing way to get a sense/feel for a taos / northern new mexico as it was blooming in the early 1900s (through the eyes of a white artist/socialite landing there who can get real tokenizing about the native population). Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
45
Section 6
59
Section 7
71
Section 8
78
Section 18
174
Section 19
180
Section 20
188
Section 21
196
Section 22
205
Section 23
215
Section 24
224
Section 25
235

Section 9
92
Section 10
102
Section 11
111
Section 12
117
Section 13
124
Section 14
135
Section 15
147
Section 16
154
Section 17
163
Section 26
245
Section 27
250
Section 28
272
Section 29
278
Section 30
291
Section 31
299
Section 32
319
Section 33
328
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About the author (1937)

Lois Palken Rudnick is a professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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