Selected Reviews and Cites of Tender Darkness: A Mary MacLane Anthology.

Patterson, Caroline (ed.) and Hart, Sue (Intro.).
Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart.
Farcountry Press, Helena [Montana], 2006. ISBN 978-1560373797.
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- Synopsis: "The anthology features forty [Montana] women writers representing a spectrum of voices and perspectives - ranging from women of the 1800s to contemporary writers, from women of the plains to women in small towns. The collection includes works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry." -

Smith, Sidonie A. and Watson, Julia (eds).
Before They Could Vote: American Women's Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919, p 348.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0299220549.
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- Synopsis: "The life narratives in this collection are by ethnically diverse women of energy and ambition - some well known, some forgotten over generations - who confronted barriers of gender, class, race, and sexual difference as they pursued or adapted to adventurous new lives in a rapidly changing America.... Each woman's story is strikingly individual, yet the brief narratives in this anthology collectively chart bold new visions of women's agency." -

Halverson, Cathryn, PhD.
Maverick Autobiographies: Women Writers and the American West, 1900-1936, pp 165, 190, 215, 228.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0299197209.
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- Synopsis: "In contrast to the traditional frontiers and pioneers focus of western studies, Maverick Autobiographies looks at women writers who came not to but from the West. Cathryn Halverson offers an alternative history of American women's autobiography and a new view of western women's literature. Mary MacLane, Opal Whiteley, and Juanita Harrison, she argues, rewrote frontier myths to make a space for themselves as female iconoclasts from the West. Creating an ardent readership for western women's 'naked' desires, they became best-selling celebrity authors. After their intense early fame, though, they virtually disappeared. Halverson examines why, and brings their texts back to light through a richly textured weaving of biography, literary analysis, and cultural history..."

Rosemont, Penelope.
Surrealist Experiences: 1001 Drawings, 221 Midnights, p 184.
University of Texas Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0299158446.
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Amazon page (on 2000 paperback edition.)

Smith, Sidonie and Watson, Julia.
Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader, p 481.
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0299158446.
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Wrobel, David M and Steiner, Michael C. (eds.)
Many Wests, p 174.
University Press of Kansas, 1997. ISBN 978-0700608614.
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Murphy, Mary.
Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41, pp 100, 253
University of Illinois Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0252065699.
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Newby, Rick and Hunger, Suzanne (eds.)
Writing Montana: Literature Under the Big Sky, p 481.
Globe Pequot, Helena [Montana], 1996. ISBN 978-1560444176
Book website:, 1997, ISBN 978-0252065699.

Peter Donahue, PhD.
Weber Studies (Weber State Univ., Ogden, Ut.), Winter 1995
"When a literary work falls into neglect, the work's shortcomings are usually considered the cause. The literary establishment judges the work to have failed to make a lasting mark. Such judgments, though, become their own self-fulfilling prophecy. Sometimes a work is neglected merely for the unease it creates. Read again, such a work can often force a re-evaluation of the very criteria that excluded it.... Tender Darkness from now on must take a prominent place in any discussions of American women's writing and the literature of the West." (excerpt)
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Harper's Magazine, Nov. 1994 - two-page excerption.
"GIRL WONDER. From The Story of Mary MacLane, by Mary MacLane, first published in 1902, when MacLane was twenty. The book, taken from MacLane's diary, sold nearly 100,000 copies in its first month; MacLane went on to write for the New York World and the Chicago Sunday Tribune, among other newspapers. In 1917 she wrote and starred in Men Who Have Made Love to Me, an autobiographical film. She died in 1929. MacLane's diary is included in Tender Darkness, a new anthology of her writings edited by Elisabeth Pruitt and published by Abernathy & Brown."
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Helen E. Hughes.
Review in The Creative Woman, Winter 1993.
"[MacLane's] intensity and originality, most of all her courage in her defiance of social norms, demand our respect and even affection.... Curiously, this reader often found herself putting the book down to gaze out the window, stirred to remember those feelings and thoughts of an adolescent girl, as intense as she was inexperienced." (excerpt)
- Copy of defunct page.