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 closest precursors I have found for the nature essay in the century prior to
Thoreau are some fascinating prose pieces published in 1750 by Griffith Hughes
as The Natural History of Barbados. Hughes was the rector of St. Lucy's Parish on
My task was fourfold: to write about the natural history of the southern
Appalachians in northwestern Georgia, to follow my relative's movements over
the battlefield on September 19, 1863, to talk about what it was like to have my
... National Geographic, 97 Natural History, 93 Natural History of Barbados, The,
Griffith Hughes, 13 "Natural History of Massachusetts," Henry David Thoreau, 15,
18 Naturalist in Alaska, A, Adolph Murie, 150 Naturalists' calendars, 133 Nature,