The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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The following are two representative paragraphs from Emerson and Williams:
The ancient Greeks called the world xoono? [cosmos], order. Such is the
constitution all things, or such the plastic power of the human eye, that the
primary forms, ...
Emerson uses the more varied diction and modifying patterns of the parlor-room
philosopher and lyceum-circuit lecturer. Both styles are popular with nature
writers, with the elegant style being practiced historically by such writers as Ralph
... 21, 42 Elder, John, 23 Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 37, 105- 108, 111, 112, 158 "
Encircled River, The," John McPhee, 45, 54 Engle, Ed, 110 Environmental
conference, journal entry for, 10 Epistles, Seneca, 12 Erasmus, Desiderius, 111