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By Mary Austin, Barney Nelson

This vintage novel, first released in 1906 and according to Mary Austin's personal reports, captures the way of living of shepherds within the Sierra. Austin blends common background, politics, and allegory in a genre-blurring narrative, championing neighborhood shepherds of their wasting conflict opposed to the quick constructing vacationer company within the Western Sierra throughout the 19th century. Austin had met many shepherds whereas vacationing the Tejon ranches of Edward Beale and Henry Miller, and cultivated relationships with males others frequently considered ignorant, unambitious, and soiled, listening heavily to their tales. Her acquaintances have been scandalized, yet Austin revered the shepherds’ methods of considering. instead of painting those shepherds’ lives as a part of a romantic bygone period, during this novel, she as an alternative positions them as exemplifying probably radical methods of dwelling in and puzzling over the realm. Afterword by way of Barney Nelson.

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