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A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal that New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best known writers. Included here are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D. H. Lawrence, C. G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's Prefac A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal that New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best known writers. Included here are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D. H. Lawrence, C. G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's Preface and Introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humour and his own deep love of the state.


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A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal that New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best known writers. Included here are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D. H. Lawrence, C. G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's Prefac A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal that New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best known writers. Included here are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D. H. Lawrence, C. G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's Preface and Introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humour and his own deep love of the state.

30 review for The Spell of New Mexico

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read this series of essays slowly, essay by essay, while on the treadmill at the gym. After a recent trip to New Mexico, I wanted to learn more about this state. This book is not a recent one, but it has some interesting authors, including D. H. Lawrence and Carl Jung, discussing their impressions of the state. I especially liked Jung, who spent time in Taos and examined the beliefs of the people. Very interesting. There is something special about this place. And about the Pueblo people. Worth I read this series of essays slowly, essay by essay, while on the treadmill at the gym. After a recent trip to New Mexico, I wanted to learn more about this state. This book is not a recent one, but it has some interesting authors, including D. H. Lawrence and Carl Jung, discussing their impressions of the state. I especially liked Jung, who spent time in Taos and examined the beliefs of the people. Very interesting. There is something special about this place. And about the Pueblo people. Worthwhile read for lovers of the Southwest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Postal Bookclub Book from Lisa!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brent M. Jones

    “The Spell Of New Mexico by Tony Hillerman” must be a “rich gathering of essays”, since every review you read about this book says just that. I liked what was said in the preface: Pretentious as it sounds, and tough as it is to prove, there does seem to be something about New Mexico which not only attracts creative people but stimulates their creativity. There seems to be a larger proportion of writers and artists in this special place, and the book is a collection of their stories. Tony Hillerma “The Spell Of New Mexico by Tony Hillerman” must be a “rich gathering of essays”, since every review you read about this book says just that. I liked what was said in the preface: Pretentious as it sounds, and tough as it is to prove, there does seem to be something about New Mexico which not only attracts creative people but stimulates their creativity. There seems to be a larger proportion of writers and artists in this special place, and the book is a collection of their stories. Tony Hillerman was born in Oklahoma and moved to Santa Fe in 1952, where he worked as a journalist. In 1966 he moved his family to Albuquerque where he earned a master's degree from the University of New Mexico, taught journalism from 1966 to 1987, and began writing novels. Hillerman died on October 26, 2008, of pulmonary failure in Albuquerque at the age of 83. Mary Austin, playwright, poet, essayist, and novelist wrote: “To say that the Southwest has had a significant past, and will have a magnificent future, because it is a superb wealth-breeder, is to miss the fact that several generations of men wasted themselves upon it happily.” D.H. Lawerence wrote: “There is no mystery left, we’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we know all about it. We’ve done the globe, and the globe is done.” Having said tha,t this statement stands out: “I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had.” Additional essays by Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, C.G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson and Lawrence Clark Powell all contributed with essays that discuss the appeal of New Mexico. Mary Austin wrote that “Man is not himself only………..He is all that he sees.” Seeing New Mexico through these authors eyes is worth the time. See more about this book at web site www.connectedeventsmatter.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sep

    Hillerman edited this collection of essays on New Mexico. Published in 1976, "Spell" has offerings from such diverse writers as Conrad Richter ("The Light in the Forest"), D.H.Lawrence ("Lady Chatterly's Lover"), Ernie Pyle (journalist) and C.G. Jung (psychiatrist). Attitudes towards Native Americans and Spanish are dated and sometimes grated. Historically, it is an interesting view of early to mid twentieth century views and attitudes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Some of the essays in this book, which seek to capture the essence of New Mexico and its effect on the human spirit, are excellent, others not so great. I especially loved "A Calendar of Santa Fe" by Winfield Townley Scott. My least favorite was the last in the book, "Hasta Mañana" by Mary Austin.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Made me fall in love all over again with my state. It’s wonderful to read passages from what the land and cities were like even less than 100 years ago.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    The first six chapters had at least some positive aspects, but nothing outstanding. The rest of the book was horribly dull and/or confusing to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I ordered this book from the library system because I miss Tony Hillerman's writing and it's the only book of his that I have not read. Disappointment.....it's not written by Tony Hillerman. Hillerman writes about New Mexico, and presents short vignettes about the State by several of the authors who live/lived there. I enjoyed some and could not relate to others, maybe because their writing seemed dated. I also ordered the book because I have travelled in New Mexico, appreciate it's spell, and h I ordered this book from the library system because I miss Tony Hillerman's writing and it's the only book of his that I have not read. Disappointment.....it's not written by Tony Hillerman. Hillerman writes about New Mexico, and presents short vignettes about the State by several of the authors who live/lived there. I enjoyed some and could not relate to others, maybe because their writing seemed dated. I also ordered the book because I have travelled in New Mexico, appreciate it's spell, and hope to return one day.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    I'm armchair traveling NM and wanted to get a nice view of it. This book has and old view by major authors of their time and it gives you a mixed view of NM. I'll be reading more books on the subject so I can get the beautiful view I want instead of the disappointing real view most authors gave. Even though they probably are true from the people I tell I'd like to see for myself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    An excellent collection of essays by many of our best loved authors on the subtle pull that keeps us loving New Mexico. Even of you have read it before, it is nice to savor it again during winter storms and springs' thundering winds....

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric Layton

    Interesting little book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kats

    Great postal book club choice courtesy of fab Lisa. I really enjoyed this one; i jotted down more quotes than I could hope to remember.

  13. 5 out of 5

    STEPHEN D. SCROGGS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patty

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Donnelly

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen Schneider cox

  20. 4 out of 5

    Everett Hulsey

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dennis W. Salmon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reiten

  23. 5 out of 5

    Showme

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hills

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy Glynn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margene Edwards

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wayne S Kraft

  30. 5 out of 5

    Baobab

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