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Touch of the Sun and Other Stories

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Touch of the Sun and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Mary Hallock Foote that showcases her talent for capturing the hardships and joys of life in the American West during the late 19th century. The stories explore themes of love, loss, and the struggle for survival in a harsh and unforgiving landscape.

Foote's prose is vivid and evocative, transporting readers back in time to a world of pioneers, homesteaders, and rugged landscapes. Her characters are deeply human, grappling with their own desires and frustrations as they navigate the challenges of frontier life.

One of the standout stories in the collection is "A Touch of the Sun," which follows a young woman as she grapples with the harsh realities of desert living and the emotional toll it takes on her. Foote's descriptions of the landscape are breathtaking, painting a vivid picture of the sun-drenched plains and towering mesas.

Overall, Touch of the Sun and Other Stories is a beautifully written collection that offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Foote's keen observations and poignant storytelling make this a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of the American West.

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Four short stories by Mary Hallock Foote (1847–1938), an American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West. She is famous for her stories of place, in which she portrayed the rough, picturesque life she experienced and observed in the old West, especially that in the early mining towns. She wrote several novels, and illustrated stories and novels by other authors for various publishers. She died at age 90. Her legacy in American history is as a stalwart of the American Old West and a teller of its stories. Her work—the numerous stories for books and periodicals, with her drawings and woodcut illustrations; the correspondence from western outposts; her novels and nonfiction—gained her notice as a skilled observer of the frontier

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