Vintage Romances in the Valentine State

On Valentine’s Eve I will be attending the Exotic Art Show 31 at Alwun House http://alwunhouse.org/exotic Shawn’s artwork that inspired my Sculpting Septolet will be one of the pieces featured.

Back Story with Reading Arizona

burros - CopyArizona has many nicknames – the Grand Canyon State, the Baby State, the Copper State. It is also known as the “Valentine State” because it officially entered the Union on Valentine’s Day, 1912. As industrialization and progress reached the West, with Arizona as the last piece in the contiguous United States, it was the subject of much romance and idealization. Authors found Arizona’s landscape and characters ripe inspiration for romantic literature.

Reading Arizona features many books written during this period. They were beautifully digitized as PDFs, allowing the reader to enjoy the original format. Some featured Western romances include:

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  • Janie Chase Michaels, A Natural Sequence (1895) – A young Phoenix schoolteacher falls for a mysterious rancher. Features fascinating descriptions of 1890s Phoenix and Tempe.
  • Grace Livingston Hill, The Man of the Desert (1914) – A wealthy woman separated from her family and lost in the desert is saved by a handsome…

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