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 both novels, Hemingway wrote and wanted to include a final chapter that
explained what happened to all the characters (a typical nineteenth-century
novel approach) but was persuaded not to by his editor, Maxwell Perkins at
While writing his historical novel The Big Sky in 1946, for example, A. B. Guthrie
spent a year at Harvard as a Niemann Fellow. ... Several obscure novels written
during the early nineteenth century by Scottish adventurers and hunters provided
A. B. Guthrie, for example, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Way West
and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to the film Shane, had this to say:
With notable exceptions college courses in creative writing are of little avail.