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Patricia Cecil Hass

Patricia Cecil Hass has written just the one horse book, Swampfire. Not a prolific author, she edited Conserving the Commonwealth; on the early years of the environmental movement in Virginia, and co-wrote with Richard Queen a book on his experiences as one of the Iran hostages, Hostage to Iran, Hostage to Myself. She produced television films for children while living in Washington with her husband and children. The whole family spent as much time as they could in their family house in Virginia, Old Mansion, on which Swamp Farm is based.

Finding the book: easy to find, and is generally reasonably priced. The UK edition is also reasonably easy to find.

Links and sources

Dustjackets of Swampfire, US and UK editions.

Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for her help with this section.


Dodd, Mead, New York,1973, 187 pp, illus Charles Robinson

Angus & Robertson, London, 1976, 189 pp, cover Ron Mitchell.

Three youngsters camping in the Great Dismal Swamp bite off more than
they expect when they decide to catch the "ghost" horse running loose in the
swamp. Sally and Andrew usually summer with their cousin Anne on her
Virginia farm. This summer they have a new friend, Robin, who is of Native
American Indian descent, and the only one who knows the “ghost” is really a horse.

Bibliography - horse books only