1st Edition

Nature Writing

By Don Scheese Copyright 1995
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this comprehensive study of the genre, Don Scheese traces its evolution from the pastoralism evident in the natural history observations of Aristotle and the poetry of Virgil to current American writers. He documents the emergence of the modern form of nature writing as a reaction to industrialization. Scheese's personal observations of natural settings sharpen the reader's understanding of the dynamics between author and locale. His study is further informed by ample use of illustrations and close readings core writers such as Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Austin showing how each writer's work exemplifies the pastoral tradition and celebrate a spirit of place in the United States.

    Chapter 1 Overview Pastoralism: Ikistratiom and Definition; Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Walden, Ktaadn, and Walkin Henry David Thoreau; Chapter 3 Chapter 3 My First Summer in the Sierra: John Muir; Chapter 4 Chapter 4 The Land of Little Rain: Mary Austin; Chapter 5 Chapter 5 A Sand County Almanac: Aldo Leopold; Chapter 6 Chapter 6 Desert Solitaire: Edward Abbey; Chapter 7 Chapter 7 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Annie Billard, MaryFraser; Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Conclusion; Bibliographic Essay; Recommended Titles; Notes and References Index;


    Don Scheese is an associate professor of English and Enviromental studies at Gustavus Aldolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota. He has lectured and published extensively on the works of nature writers and on literature an the enviroment.