PRLog - Feb. 25, 2013 - Henry James described John Burroughs (1837-1921) as a "more humorous, more available, and more sociable Thoreau." Burroughs's close friend and mentor Walt Whitman called him an "Audubon of prose."
Catskills and Hudson Valley Essays
Throughout his long writing career, the Catskills and Hudson Valley native infused his prose with images of nature as seen and experienced within his own home region.
"Nature comes home to one most when he is at home;" he wrote, "the stranger and traveler finds her a stranger and traveler also. One's own landscape comes in time to be a sort of outlying part of himself; he has sowed himself broadcast upon it, and it reflects his own moods and feelings; he is sensitive to the verge of the horizon: cut those trees, and he bleeds; mar those hills, and he suffers."
With this poetic sensibility and emphasis on the local, Burroughs created a unique literature of nature - one aptly represented by the essays contained in this new collection.
All net profits from the sale of this volume shall be donated to help support the vital environmental and educational work of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
The book is illustrated with numerous photos of Burroughs at home and afield, some never before published.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOHN BURROUGHS was the author of some 28 books of essays on nature, literature and natural philosophy. Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Catskills, in 1873 he took up residence on the banks of the Hudson River at West Park, New York. His essays were widely printed in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, St. Nicholas and The Century Magazine. In addition to Walt Whitman, he counted among his friends such notables as John Muir.
Introduction. A Sharp Lookout. The Falling Leaves. A Snow Storm. Wild Life in Winter. Winter Neighbors. April. A Young Marsh Hawk. Strawberries. Speckled Trout. Birch Browsings. Notes by the Way. The Heart of the Southern Catskills.
Paper, 217 pages, 6" x 9", Illustrated
ISBN/EAN13: 0615773117 / 9780615773117
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