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Foote, Mary Hallock (1847-1938).

novelist. Born in New York City, Foote gained some attention as one of the first novelists to write realistically of the West, as she attempted to record in Howellsian fashion the life she observed while living there. Her novels of this period include <IR> THE LED-HORSE CLAIM </IR> (1883), about Colorado mines; John Bodewin's Testimony (1886); The Chosen Valley (1892); and Coeur d'Alene (1894), about unions in the mines in Colorado. Among her other works of fiction are The Last Assembly Ball and The Fate of a Voice (1889), with brief comments on the difficulties of portraying Western manners; Edith Bonham (1917); and Groundswell (1919). A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West (1972), memoirs, was edited by Rodman Paul. Wallace Stegner fictionized her life in Angle of Repose (1971).

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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