In Mary Austin’s Southwest, editors Blackbird and Nelson shine light on Austin’s work, revealing her to be a significant trailblazer for literary diversity. With thoughtful introductions to selected writings on Austin’s prose, drama, and poetry as well as an annotated checklist of her published Southwestern literary criticism, this collection is a celebration of a rich mixed heritage as expressed through the written word.
Barney Nelson is associate professor of English at Sul Ross State University.
Praise and Reviews:
"Many readers are familiar with Mary Austin as a brilliant nature writer, but few are aware of her achievements as a literary critic. Mary Austin’s Southwest reveals Austin’s breadth and keenness as a critic devoted to multiculturalism, gender issues, and the environment years before these became popular academic topics. In compiling and contextualizing Austin’s critical and theoretical essays, Blackbird and Nelson have done a wonderful service for today’s readers."— Scott Slovic, editor, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment