Nebraska Authors

Hal Borland

Born 1900-05-14 Sterling, NE (USA)

Died 1978-02-22
Sharon, CT (USA)

Long time Nature editor for the New York Times, Borland wrote more than 30 books and thousands of nature editorials and articles.

Places Lived

Flagler, CO
Salisbury, CT

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Nature Writing; Natural History; Ecology; Geography


University of Colorado, 1918-1920
Columbia University, BA in Literature, 1923



Places Worked

New York Times
Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA


John Burroughs Medal 1968 (highest US award for nature writing)
Westerners Buffalo Award for Best Nonfiction and Secondary Education Board annual book award, both in 1957 for High, Wide, and Lonesome.
Alumni Award, Columbia School of Journalism, 1962
Litt.D., University of Colorado, 1944


Authors Guild of America


Heaps of Gold. 1922.
Rocky Mountain Tipi Tales. 1924.
Valor. 1934.
Trouble Valley. 1934. (under pseudonym Ward West)
Halfway to Timberline. 1935.
Wapiti Pete. 1938.
What Is America. 1942. (with Philip Dunning)
America Is America. 1942.
An American Year. 1946.
High, Wide and Lonesome. 1956.
How to Write and Sell Non-Fiction. 1956.
This Hill, This Valley. 1957.
The Amulet. 1957.
The Enduring Pattern. 1959.
The Seventh Winter. 1960.
The Dog Who Came to Stay. 1961.
Beyond Your Doorstep. 1962.
The Youngest Shepherd. 1962.
When the Legends Die. 1963.
Sundial of the Seasons. 1964.
Countryman. 1965.
Penny. 1972.
Hill Country Harvest. 1967.
Homeland: A Report From the Country. 1969.
Plants of Christmas. 1969.
Country Editor's Boy. 1970.
Borland Country. 1971.
This World of Wonder. 1973.
Seasons. 1973.
The Golden Circle: A Book of Months. 1977.
Twelve Moons of the Year. 1979.
A Countryman's Flowers. 1981.

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