Hal Borland (14 May, 1900 – 22 February, 1978) was an American author, mostly focusing on non-fiction books and articles about nature and the outdoors.
Fun Facts about Hal Borland:
- Hal Borland was born as Harold Glen Borland in Sterling, Nebraska. Ten years later, the family moved to Brush, Colorado where William Arthur Borland literally staked out a homesteader’s claim on the prairie.
- The Borland family couldn’t make a living on the farm. Thus, his father sold the farm and bought the local newspaper.
- In the University of Colorado, Mr. Borland majored in engineering. As a college student he worked in local newspapers and realized that above all he should be an author. Mr. Borland therefore moved to New York City, studying journalist in Columbia University.
- Mr. Borland worked as a journalist his whole life, as well as writing books about nature.
- First published in the 1920s, Mr. Borland wrote under the nom de plume Ward West.
- In the 1940s Mr. Borland resigned his full time journalist work to become, of course, a freelance writer, his output increased dramatically. During that time Mr. Borland wrote fiction and non-fiction works for children and adults.
- There are 30 books and many more articles and columns authored by Hal Borland.
- Even though he didn’t sign his editorials, he never made a secret of writing them.
- The Borland family’s mailbox had no name on it to protect his privacy. That being said, nature lovers who managed to find him were warmly welcomed.
- In 1968 Mr. Borland received the John Burroughs Medal. This medal is considered the highest award for nature writing.
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