Hal Borland

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Hal Borland (May 14, 1900 – February 22, 1978) was a well-known American author and journalist. In addition to writing several novels and books about the outdoors, he wrote "outdoor editorials" for The New York Times for more than 30 years, from 1941 to 1978.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hal Borland was born on the plains in Sterling, Nebraska. His family moved to Colorado, where he grew up. After attending local schools, he studied at the University of Colorado. He studied journalism and graduated from Columbia University.


Borland started writing as a journalist for publications such as The Denver Post, The New York Times, and Audubon Magazine. From 1941-1978, he wrote what he called "outdoor editorials" for the New York Times.

In 1945 he and his wife moved to a 100-acre farm in Connecticut, and lived and worked there. She was also a writer. He published several collections of his nature writing, in addition to novels and other non-fiction books.


  • Novels:
    • The Amulet
    • High, Wide, and Lonesome (1956, 1990)
    • The Seventh Winter (1960)
    • When the Legends Die (1963), about the struggles of a young Ute Indian to live apart from white society, has become a young adult classic. It was adapted as a film by the same name directed by Stuart Millar and released in 1972.
    • The King of Squaw Mountain (1964)
  • Nature books:
    • An American Year (1946)
    • Beyond Your Doorstep (1962)
    • This Hill, This Valley (1957, 1990), about a year on his Connecticut farm
    • Hill Country Harvest
    • Sundial of the Seasons
    • Seasons
    • Hal Borland's Book of Days
    • Hal Borland's Twelve Moons of the Year

Borland died in Sharon, Connecticut at the age of 77.


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