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Thoreau's Animals

«“This collection of quiet delight illustrates the naturalist’s alertness to Concord wildlife . . . and the poetry of his prose. . . . Sketches by Debby Cotter Kaspari, as well as small drawings by Thoreau, augment the book and lend it a snug and welcoming feel. Thoreau’s Animals is organized by the days of the year, so one can track the gradual unfolding of the seasons, awake to the sounds, shifts, and mystery of the creatures close by.”—Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe

“Following a format similar to last year’s Thoreau’s Wildflowers, which he also produced, editor Geoff Wisner has combed through Thoreau’s two-million-word journal for material. As distilled by Wisner, some of the selections have the opaque sparseness of haiku. . . . Others are prose equivalents of stroboscopic photographs. . . . But the improvisational quality of Thoreau’s Animals is also its biggest charm. Thoreau was a self-styled reporter on the natural world, and his prose hums with the urgency of a scribe on deadline. Pencil illustrations by nature artist Debby Cotter Kaspari give a similar sense of immediacy. In her picture of the deer mouse, . . . the strokes register as boldly as a seismograph’s.”—Danny Heitman, Wall Street Journal

“A witty, keenly observed account of animals encountered during Thoreau’s ramblings, drawn from the philosopher’s own journal.”—Garden’s Illustrated

“Everyone knows that Thoreau is at or near the top of the list of American thinkers and writers. But as this lovely volume reminds us, he was also a world-class noticer, a remarkable and original observer of all things natural."—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy


"Geoff Wisner’s Thoreau’s Animals gives the reader the opportunity to approach the animals of Thoreau’s Concord as Thoreau would: from unexpected angles, from a different view, unhurriedly, with deliberation and sympathy."—Jeffrey S. Cramer, editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition

“This rich collection makes Thoreau’s encounters in the natural world come alive. It’s a welcome companion for a walk in the woods, or at home on a winter evening.”—James Barilla, author of My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It

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From Thoreau's renowned Journal, a treasury of memorable, funny, and sharply observed accounts of his encounters with the wild and domestic animals of Concord Les mer

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From Thoreau's renowned Journal, a treasury of memorable, funny, and sharply observed accounts of his encounters with the wild and domestic animals of Concord

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Forlag
Yale University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
280
ISBN
9780300223767
Utgivelsesår
2017
Format
21 x 14 cm

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«“This collection of quiet delight illustrates the naturalist’s alertness to Concord wildlife . . . and the poetry of his prose. . . . Sketches by Debby Cotter Kaspari, as well as small drawings by Thoreau, augment the book and lend it a snug and welcoming feel. Thoreau’s Animals is organized by the days of the year, so one can track the gradual unfolding of the seasons, awake to the sounds, shifts, and mystery of the creatures close by.”—Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe

“Following a format similar to last year’s Thoreau’s Wildflowers, which he also produced, editor Geoff Wisner has combed through Thoreau’s two-million-word journal for material. As distilled by Wisner, some of the selections have the opaque sparseness of haiku. . . . Others are prose equivalents of stroboscopic photographs. . . . But the improvisational quality of Thoreau’s Animals is also its biggest charm. Thoreau was a self-styled reporter on the natural world, and his prose hums with the urgency of a scribe on deadline. Pencil illustrations by nature artist Debby Cotter Kaspari give a similar sense of immediacy. In her picture of the deer mouse, . . . the strokes register as boldly as a seismograph’s.”—Danny Heitman, Wall Street Journal

“A witty, keenly observed account of animals encountered during Thoreau’s ramblings, drawn from the philosopher’s own journal.”—Garden’s Illustrated

“Everyone knows that Thoreau is at or near the top of the list of American thinkers and writers. But as this lovely volume reminds us, he was also a world-class noticer, a remarkable and original observer of all things natural."—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy


"Geoff Wisner’s Thoreau’s Animals gives the reader the opportunity to approach the animals of Thoreau’s Concord as Thoreau would: from unexpected angles, from a different view, unhurriedly, with deliberation and sympathy."—Jeffrey S. Cramer, editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition

“This rich collection makes Thoreau’s encounters in the natural world come alive. It’s a welcome companion for a walk in the woods, or at home on a winter evening.”—James Barilla, author of My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It

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