Judy Austin

Mary Hallock Foote’s Idaho

Mary Hallock Foote was a native of New York state and a trained artist. After she married a mining engineer and moved to the West, she turned to writing both to support her family and to share her experiences in this region. Her years in Idaho (1885-1894) were particularly prolific ones, and in much of her writing, the local landscape plays a significant role. Austin presents biographical information on Foote and uses Foote’s prose, modern images, and the illustrations Foote drew to demonstrate her use of the landscape as well as the setting in which she wrote while living in Idaho.