Charles Fletcher Lummis


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(1859–1928), spent most of his life in California, where he labored in many ways to create interest in the historical, archaeological, and ethnological backgrounds of the Southwest. His books include The Land of Poco Tiempo (1893), The Spanish Pioneers (1893), Spanish Songs of Old California (1923), Mesa, Cañon, and Pueblo (1925), and other works of fiction, history, and poetry. In 1894 he founded and edited the Land of Sunshine, a magazine of life and history in the Far West, later entitled Out West. Although more a popularizer than a scholar, as librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library he assembled an important collection of Southwest material. He also founded the Southwest Museum (Los Angeles) and the Landmarks Club.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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