Walter Nordhoff

Walter Nordhoff (1855—1937) had a mining engineering degree from Yale, and worked as a European correspondent for the New York Herald before moving west to manage fifty thousand acres of his father’s land in Baja California, the area that inspired The Journey of the Flame. Nordhoff’s father, Charles, was also a writer, whose work includes travel guides and books on religion and slavery, and Nordhoff’s son, Charles Bernard Nordhoff, coauthored the the Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy.