Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest

Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest By Lesley Poling-Kempes, Ladies of the Canyons A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themsel
  • Title: Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest
  • Author: Lesley Poling-Kempes
  • ISBN: 9780816524945
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest By Lesley Poling-Kempes, Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives wereLadies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives were transformed in the first decades of the twentieth century by the people and the landscape of the American Southwest Part of an influential circle of women that included Louisa Wade Wetherill, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Mary Austin, and Willa Cather, these ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them Their adventures were shared with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Robert Henri, Edgar Hewett and Charles Lummis, Chief Tawakwaptiwa of the Hopi, and Hostiin Klah of the Navajo Their journeys took them to Monument Valley and Rainbow Bridge, into Canyon de Chelly, and across the high mesas of the Hopi, down through the Grand Canyon, and over the red desert of the Four Corners, to the pueblos along the Rio Grande and the villages in the mountains between Santa Fe and Taos Although their stories converge in the outback of the American Southwest, the saga of Ladies of the Canyons is also the tale of Boston s Brahmins, the Greenwich Village avant garde, the birth of American modern art, and Santa Fe s art and literary colony.Ladies of the Canyons is the story of New Women stepping boldly into the New World of inconspicuous success, ambitious failure, and the personal challenges experienced by women and men during the emergence of the Modern Age.
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    1. Lesley Poling-Kempes

      My writing life is completely connected to my daily life on the high desert of Abiquiu and northern New Mexico Like my Bone Horses protagonist, Charlotte, I was born and raised in New York, specifically in Westchester County Unlike Charlotte, I loved the wild vast empty desert and wide blue sky of the Southwest on sight I was always working my way back home to this exotic, magnificent place After college I moved full time into the Indio Hispanic world of Abiquiu I began to write the real and imagined stories of my adopted community, first in non fiction books and then in my first novel Canyon of Remembering and now Bone Horses For several decades my primary work was as a writer historian For my first 3 books The Harvey Girls , Valley of Shining Stone , and Ghost Ranch I interviewed and talked with literally hundreds of old timers all over the Southwest I heard remarkable tales of the early days in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona These are the foundation for all of my writing.

    267 thoughts on “Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest”

    1. I love a writer who teases out the connections from a tangle of sources, a writer whose fascination with her subject shows, who recognizes a deeper truth And I have found a writer who does all that and then some Lesley Poling Kempes Her most recent work is Ladies of the Canyons A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest.The true stories of the remarkable women profiled here are powerfully compelling Beginning her narrative in 1903, a time when most women s cho [...]


    2. We re familiar with Go West, young man, go West John Babsone Lane Soule , but this book is about the young women that went West in order to escape cultural strictures at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries The American Southwest became the place where they could become women who started art movements, documented native American song and dance, and lived on their own terms New Mexico and California were the settings and since I ve lived in so many of the places mentioned, I es [...]


    3. I didn t expect to love this book as much as I do I feel like the Title isn t as descriptive as it could be This is about so much than what adventuring in the southwest sugests Poling Kempes did a fantastic job with taking what seems like an unbelievable amount of source material all those diaries alone and crafting a fascinating story of the overlapping lives of intelligent, passionate, philanthropic, late to or didn t marry New Women who threw off the stuffy social norms of their elite mostly [...]


    4. Single women making their way to individual destinies who in the home circle understands them If they try to share what they have found in their further reach, who wants it


    5. Long before artist Georgia O Keefe and patron of the arts Mabel Dodge Luhan fell in love with New Mexico, other gutsy women from privileged families back east set out to explore The Land of Enchantment and claim it as their own But their names were lost to history until recently.Just as Natalie Curtis Burlin left the comfort of privilege in New York City to capture the songs of the Hopi, author Lesley Poling Kempes left the comfort of sitting on her literary laurels to dive into the past and rec [...]


    6. Lesley Poling Kempes has skillfully woven together the discoverable facts of the lives of four previously largely unsung heroines of our American Southwest Carol Bishop Stanley, Natalie Curtis Burlin, Mary Cabot Wheelright, and Alice Ellen Klauber Especially as a native of San Diego, I am very glad to know about Alice Klauber, a founder of our own gem, the San Diego Museum of Art Because this is scholarly non fiction, Poling Kempes only hints at the pure romance and unending conflict in the liv [...]


    7. Fascinating Clearly I was born 75 years too late and into the wrong family although my birthday is Dec 16th I have always loved the areas described in this book, especially northern New Mexico, so it was very interesting to hear how the Ladies of the Canyons were instrumental in discovering the magic of this enigmatic and beautiful place Until reading this book one assumed Georgia O Keeffe was the Leader of the Pack, but that is simply not the case.The book is meticulously researched, although w [...]


    8. My book group had the most lively discussion of Ladies of the Canyons In this book, a handful of intrepid women explorers of the American west are brought vividly to life by Lesley Poling Kempes Looking for your next book group selection This one will get you talking What sticks with me most about the book are the sheer guts and bravery of these women, in ways big and small They took big risks with their physical safety, financial security, and by going outside the conventions of society at the [...]


    9. I enjoyed this book and delighted in learning the history of these ladies and of the incredible lives they lived It s also a story of place and a story of southwestern arts In its way, it proves a historical truth about the ladies past, and current for whom the West and New Mexico, in particular, is a strong draw Poling Kempes is an excellent writer and I ve enjoyed quite a few of her books This book is well written, obviously well researched and a real page turner, a historical work that reads [...]


    10. In the early 20th century, the Southwest welcomed a group of adventurous, strong, creative women They found a fit in the landscape and cultures here that did not exist for them in the wealthy Eastern society most of them came from Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley Bishop, Mary Cabot Wheelwright, and Alice Klauber get the most narrative in the book, but others floated in the same circles Poling Kempes did an amazing amount of research for this book and writes so well it feels like we re on these jour [...]



    11. Extraordinary they were, these intrepid women who came West to venture on their own, in the company of their friends and some openminded men who welcomed them I was in New Mexico in August 2017, and I always like to bring back books, to further my knowledge of an area and extend the aura of a new place I thought the book would be a dry recounting, but it is a well written, interesting account of a period between the late 19th and mid 20th centuries in Northern New Mexico and Southern Utah and Ea [...]


    12. The ladies from the PageTurners book club LOVE this book and recommend it regularly, so we finally read it for the group I love NM history and stories of the badass women who participated in this rough country during the early 1900s The author made non fiction palatable and even compelling, although I don t know exactly HOW I read this every night before sleeping and it often keep me awake for a full chapter, something Blood and Thunder definitely did not, as a comparison Too many names of peopl [...]


    13. This is the fascinating story of four monied women who broke with the norms of their time to strike out for the American Southwest researcher Natalie Curtis, musician Carol Stanley, artist Alice Klauber, heiress Mary Wheelwright Each woman found herself in the Santa Fe area of New Mexico between 1910 1920 I found each woman s story to be incredible and not just because they went to interesting places and did unexpected things What struck me most in this book is how these women truly broke with t [...]


    14. Read this book for a Friends of the Library book club, and I was surprised that many in the group described it as a slog, and some didn t even finish it I enjoyed it The author s research is meticulous, although the sheer number of characters renders it somewhat confusing at first Once you get everyone straight, it gets interesting It seems that an entire book could be written about each of the four subjects of this book I m looking forward to reading about them and this time and place.Editor [...]


    15. My bookclub picked it.It was like a school assignment to slog through, a bombardment of factual information These pioneering women never turned into flesh and blood human beings for me, so I was not as impressed by them as I should have been This was a chore to read.


    16. I loved the history of the women i the book However the writing style was very tedious It was an account of evrything that had happened to the major characters and their friends Because I live in the region I did enjoy the history and learned a lot about this area.


    17. 3 stars for the amount of research that clearly went into this book and for highlighting the accomplishments of these women BUT, this book felt too clunky for me with facts that most of the time did not flow naturally for me It was hard to get into a narrative.


    18. Thoroughly researched, well written and engaging the pure love of the desert this book made me homesick and inspired.



    19. I enjoyed this non fiction account of the women who left the east coast to travel and settle in New Mexico.







    20. Having grown up in the Four Corners area, I know that this book is an authentic slice of history at that time, of the Southwest It s also important as a slice of women s history and how the Southwest helped their striving for independence.And Poling Kempes previous books indicate she knows various slices of the background behind this one.There are a couple of minor errors in the book, though The town north of Gallup is Gamerco, not GRamerco Also, contra the author, Gamerco is NOT on the Big Rez, [...]


    21. Ladies of the Canyons is a history of a remarkable set of women who forged a creative and innovative society in the American Southwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s Lesley Poling Kempes s book tells the story of Natalie Curtis Burlin, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, Mary Cabot Wheelwright, and other women who discovered the haunting beauty of Santa Fe and its environs, and who undertook and supported important cultural studies of American Indians in the Southwest during that period.I was a [...]


    22. Poling Kempes has gathered together stories about some amazing women whose bold adventures in New Mexico and Arizona in the early twentieth century reveal how intrepid women defied and overcame the genre roles to which late Victorian Era women had been confined For the most part these extraordinary individuals were from the urban East, mainly New York City and Boston The Southwest offered them a chance to be free of convention, and they played central roles in establishing tourism in the region, [...]


    23. I found this book fascinating The story of four women from the east coast discovering the Southeast U.S and settling there between 1910 1930 s Their accomplishments included art and archaeological societies and museums, establishing histories of indigenous peoples Hopi, Navajo, etc cultures, ceremonies and music With both inherited money and exceptional education and skills, these women arrived in primitive areas, explored the country by horseback, living among the people.


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