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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In the old days — and I am speaking here of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and
eighteenth centuries — students learned to write primarily by writing out, word for
word, entire prose pieces. Sometimes this was done several times in order to
What I found then as a student and now as a teacher is that Aristotle is absolutely
wrong when he says, referring to the metaphoric mode of thinking, that "it is the
one thing that cannot be learned from others." When novice writers are provided
Caesar's Gallic Wars has been the text with which beginning Latin students have
learned the language for a thousand years (who knows but that a thousand years
from now the dead language of American English will be learned by students ...