Born in Paradise
|Title:||Born in Paradise|
|Publisher:||Ox Bow Press|
|Description:||Sixty thousand acres there were on Haleakala Ranch—sixty thousand acres, herds of cattle, scores of cowboys, blooded horses, and a setting of fabulous beauty. Over it all as manager, presided Armine von Tempski’s dashing, warm-hearted, tempestuous father—himself son of a von Tempski who as a young cavalry officer had fled political persecution in Poland to lead a life of adventure in the Antipodes.Before she could walk, Armine began to ride, carried on a pillow in front of the saddle. Boundless space surrounded her, music and laughter were eternally in her ears. Volcanoes and tidal waves, glorious blue and gold days on mountain tops, great winds singing a saga of freedom, cattle pouring like red rivers between tumbled hills, made each day a fresh adventure. With engaging freshness of style, Armine von Tempski not only captures the incredible beauty of the Islands, but also creates for our delight the vigorous and free ranch-life she knew in her Paradise.|
Armine von Tempski (or Tempsky):
(1892, Maui, Hawaiian Islands – December 2, 1943, Fresno, California) was an American writer and one of Hawaii’s best known authors. She was a granddaughter of Gustavus von Tempsky.
Armine Von Tempski’s autobiographies and novels were based on her early life among the Hawaiian cowboys (paniolos) on the Haleakala cattle ranch atop the Haleakalā shield volcano. The Haleakala Ranch, which Jack London first visited in 1907, was his favourite of the Hawaiian ranches he enjoyed on several extended visits with his wife Charmian. The young Armine, then sixteen years old, asked London to read some of her stories and give his opinion. He said that they were “clumsy, incoherent tripe” but added that “every so often there’s a streak of fire on your pages,” which encouraged her.Her first published writing, in the early 1920s, was about efforts to restore the island of Kahoolawe after years of drought and overgrazing.
She married California real estate agent Alfred Lathrop Ball on December 25, 1932, in Ventura County, California. They were friends of poet Don Blanding, who illustrated von Tempski’s book, Ripe Breadfruit (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1935).-Note: While Von Tempski’s year of birth is sometimes given or presumed as 1899, most source texts place it in 1892.-https://peoplepill.com/people/armine-von-tempski
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