When the Legends Die

by Kevin Godburn

When the legends die, the dream ends. There is no more greatness. — Tecumseh

In March of 1966 Hal Borland wrote: “I didn’t plan to be a nature writer, but it has paid for the bread and dungarees when nothing else did…The fiction is, to me at least, wholly unpredictable. It’s an indulgence, with all the God-awful trash monopolizing the market.” Ironically, over a prolific career that spanned six decades and 36 published books, Borland would be hailed a “nature writers nature writer” by Audubon Magazine, and achieve his greatest success with a novel he called “nothing but a flyer, on my part. I had no hopes for it.”