My Girlhood Among Outlaws


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University of Arizona Press
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5.54 X 8.55 X 0.94 inches | 1.07 pounds
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About the Author

Eve Ball has lived in the Ruidoso highlands of New Mexico, close to the Mescalero Reservation. Geography made her neighbor to the Apaches; sympathy and liking made her their friend; sensitivity to their part in the historic Southwestern drama made her their historian--able to see experience through their eyes, just as she used the lends of a pioneer Lincoln County woman to view and relate the saga of Ma'am Jones of the Pecos. She also edited and annotated the colorful Lily Klasner autobiography My Girlhood Among Outlaws.

Lily Casey Klasner was truly a child of the New Mexico nineteenth-century frontier, encountering its turbulence and hardships in westward migration and later in Indian raids that robbed her family of most of their possessions. Although her formal education was intermittent, Mrs. Klasner attended the New Mexico Highlands University at Las Vegas and became a teacher and telegrapher as well as a rancher. She also became a writer, and from a meticulous diary, reinforced by letters, clippings, pictures and documents, she fashioned an autobiography, further guided and shaped by historians Maurice Garland Fulton and Eric Bruce.


"This is an extraordinary book [containing] unique and colorful views of a violent era of New Mexico history."--The New Mexican

"We are indeed fortunate that Eve Ball has rescued for posterity all this fascinating and informative material."--Albuquerque Tribune

"Southwestern and Lincoln County War buffs will find this a 'must' edition."--Arizona and the West

"It makes exceptionally interesting and authentic reading."--The Book Exchange.