Mary Hunter Austin


Birthday September 9, 1868

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Carlinville, IL

DEATH DATE Aug 13, 1934 (65)

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American writer who is best known for The Land of Little Rain, a work that describes the animals, plant life, and people of the Mojave Desert of Southern California.

Before Fame

She graduated from Blackburn College in Illinois and subsequently set out to study Native American culture.


She is considered one of the earliest nature writers of the American Southwest.

Family Life

She and her five siblings grew up in Illinois. She later moved to California, where she married Stafford Wallace Austin in 1891.

Associated With

She and Jack London belonged to the same social and literary circles.