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by John Burroughs

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ISBN: 1406769894
ISBN13: 978-1406769890
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: John Burroughs
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Press (March 15, 2007)
Pages: 324 pages
ePUB size: 1633 kb
FB2 size: 1458 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Always wonderful.
Burroughs's books have confusingly similar titles and, in general, similar contents. I don't know anyone who has ever been disappointed reading a Burroughs nature essay, so the point of which is best is moot. But he did write literary criticism, biography, and philosophy, and so if you want to be sure your are getting the very best natural history there are really two titles to look at: one is SIGNS & SEASONS, appropriately enough now edited and introduced by a scholar right across the river from Burroughs's stomping grounds. And it is appropriate to have some background on Burroughs to be able to place his work and life: in his own day Burroughs was famous enough to "need no introduction"; now he does, and I like Ed Renehan's biography of him. My own favorite collection is A YEAR IN THE FIELDS, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1896 when, I think, they realized the Burroughs corpus was getting unmanageable. It reprints, unsurprisingly, some of the content from S&S. And it has photos by the ubiquitous Clifton Johnson (another figure about whom I wish Renehan would write a biography). Several well known nature writers have built reputations out of their relationship with a primarily agricultural setting, but (forgive me), their farms never seem NATURAL enough. In Burroughs's life the agriculture was usually a failure, and in his writing the nature inevitable. In wildness . . .
SIGNS AND SEASONS is arguably the best book ever written by the literary naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921). Now it is made even better with an eloquent introduction, and extensive annotations, by Vassar's Jeff Walker, one of the premier Burroughs scholars of this generation. I also like the cut and size of this paperback - easy to fit into a day-pack for reading beyond the sound of highways.