The Land of Journeys' Ending
One of the joys of going on a trip is coming home to share with others your adventures and experiences. Mary Austin felt that way, so when she took an extended trip through an area of the American Southwest, she recorded her impressions in The Land of Journeys' Ending. This is no ordinary travel book and she was no ordinary tourist. Her book goes beyond the descriptions of flora and fauna of the land between the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. It also covers the history, culture and customs of the area. Austin includes not only figures from the past but people she met on the trip. While the book is now decades old, it is timeless and still valid. Humorously, in the author's preface to "The Land of Journeys' Ending" Austin said: ."if you find holes in my book that you could drive a car through, do not be too sure they were not left there for that express purpose." Her statement rings true today as much as it did back in 1924. Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.
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Page 5 - The nineteenth-century assault, which found California a lady of comparatively easy virtue, quailed before the austere virginity of Arizona; but the better men among them served her without recompense. If the Southwest is becoming known as an unrivaled food-producer, still, food-producing is one of the things man has taught the land to do since he has lived in it. There was nothing that betrayed its crop capacity to the untutored sense of the Amerind savage and the unlettered American pioneer. Both...
Page 4 - ... pioneer portraits you will find one type of physiognomy predominating, full browed, wide between the eyes, and in spite of the fierce mustachios and long curls of the period, a look of mildness. Superior to the immediate fear of great space, or the lack of water or the raiding savage, there was a subtile content at work. Seeing ever so short a way into the method of the land's making, men became reconciled to its nature. There can be no adequate discussion of a country, any more than there can...