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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 Fiction and Poetry I have a genuine love of nature. It is not the least bit
affected, but an integral and powerful part of my life. I know that Cooper is a fraud
— that he doesn't give a true sense of the sublimity of American scenery. I know
Again and again in recent years I have told visiting literary academics that the key
to my fiction, for what it is worth, lies in my relationship with nature . . . what I gain
most from nature is beyond words." With respect to his particular works, Fowles ...
It is possible, of course, to write a work of fiction completely from the imagination,
but those novelists who conduct research in a thorough and professional way
probably have a better chance of creating a comprehensive reality in their fiction,