By Mary Austin, Barney Nelson

This vintage novel, first released in 1906 and in line with Mary Austin's personal studies, captures the lifestyle of shepherds within the Sierra. Austin blends normal heritage, politics, and allegory in a genre-blurring narrative, championing neighborhood shepherds of their wasting conflict opposed to the quick constructing vacationer enterprise within the Western Sierra through the 19th century. Austin had met many shepherds whereas traveling the Tejon ranches of Edward Beale and Henry Miller, and cultivated relationships with males others frequently regarded as ignorant, unambitious, and soiled, listening heavily to their tales. Her buddies 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 possibly radical methods of dwelling in and puzzling over the area. Afterword by way of Barney Nelson.

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