The Arid Lands Newsletter

Spring/Summer 1994, Issue No. 35

ISSN: 1092-5481

The Deserts in Literature

The Deserts In Literature

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John Bancroft, Editor
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The University of Arizona
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From The Land of Little Rain
by Mary Austin

If the desert were a woman, I know well what she would be like:
deep-breasted, broad in the hips, tawny, with tawny hair, great masses of it lying smooth along her perfect curves, full lipped like a sphinx, but now heavy-lidded like one, eyes sane and steady as the polished jewel of her skies, such a countenance as should make men serve without desiring her, such a largeness to her mind as should make their sins of no account, passionate, but not necessitous, patient -- and you could not move her, no, not if you had all the earth to give, so much as one tawny hair's-breadth beyond her own desires.


Editor's Note:
The Bones of Planet Earth
by John M. Bancroft

The Desert As Literature: A Survey and a Sampling
by Peter Wild

Wind, Sand and Stars Revisited
by Charles F. Hutchinson

From The Desert
by John C. Van Dyke

Desert Reading 1: Stephen Cox

Desert Reading 2: Adel S. Gamal

From Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey

Desert Reading 3: Jerrold S. Green

Desert Reading 4: Charles F. Hutchinson

From Sonora
by Ignaz Pfefferkorn

Desert Reading 5: Gregory McNamee

Desert Reading 6: John Olsen

From Travels in Arabia Deserta
by Charles M. Doughty

Desert Reading 7: Ray Ring

Desert Reading 8: Judy Nolte Temple

From The Desert
by Pierre Loti

Desert Reading 9: Peter Wild

Desert Reading 10: Joseph Wilder

From The Desert and the Sown
by Gertrude Bell

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