The Star Thrower

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1979 - Literary Collections - 319 pages
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Long admired for his compassionate, probing meditations on the natural world, Loren Eiseley completed this volume of his favorite writings shortly before his death in 1977. It includes many selections never before published in book form and spans Eiseley's entire writing career - from his early poems through "The Immense Journey" and "The Unexpected Universe" to his most recent essays - providing a superb sampling of the author as naturalist, poet, scientist, and humanist.
 

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Eiseley is one of the worlds great observers, fortunately for the world he is also a gifted writer. The Star Thrower is a book of wonder. It is not so much a series of short stories as it is an string of pearls of great price. Here we find wisdom displayed in all the humility of one who stands before an enormous truth and must share its meaning in whispers.
To read Eiseley is to worship with true reverence in a cathedral of the common. And just as far too often the average worshiper may miss the truth of a powerful sermon, choosing to doze off into their own quietude rather then open their souls to the eternal, so we would traverse the same common grounds and see nothing remarkable. Yet Eiseley sees life and death, secrets and truths, judgment and mercy, in the sounds and sights that are lost to us.
Open your heart and soul to wonder - read Eiseley and regain a reverence for life.
 

Contents

Editors Preface
11
The Judgment of the Birds
27
The Long Loneliness
37
Man the Firemaker
45
The Innocent Fox
53
How Flowers Changed the World
66
The Ghostly Guardian
76
The Bird and the Machine
83
The Spider
155
Nocturne in Silver
159
The Fishers
165
Science and the Sense of the Holy
186
The Winter of Man
202
Thoreaus Vision of the Natural World
222
Thoreaus Unfinished Business
235
The Lethal Factor
251

The Fire Apes 9 2
92
The Dance of the Frogs
106
The Hidden Teacher
116
The Fifth Planet
129
The Last Neanderthal
139
The Illusion of the Two Cultures
267
How Natural Is Natural?
280
The Inner Galaxy
297
Honors and Awards
313
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Loren Eiseley's many works include "The Night Country," "The Invisible Pyramid," "The Firmament of Time," and "All the Strange Hours," all available in Bison Books editions. Kenneth Heuer was Eiseley's longtime friend and editor.

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