Environmental Literature

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Environmental Literature examines works such as The Origin of Species, The Anatomy of Plants, Climate and Evolution, The Descent of Man, The Living Sea, Natural History, Playing God in Yellowstone, and Silent Spring. Each entry summarizes the work's main points and notes its reception and impact.

Other entries include animal ecology, biodiversity, Chernobyl, Alexander von Humboldt, forest management, Stephen Jay Gould, nature writing, Charles Darwin, and the simple living movement.

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"The far-ranging selection of entries included here makes for interesting browsing as well as reading for specific information … a useful addition to literary genre reference and to environmental studies collections."



"This book is worth every penny of its price."



"This work will be useful in all types of libraries and for all levels of users."



At first glance, this interdisciplinary and encyclopedic guide to environmental literature looks useful. Once opened, useful is the least readers can say about it. Taking a nononsense approach to organizing the contents, Netzley begins with an alphabetical list of entries followed by a directory by category, both of which save time when looking up a specific entry. In a brief preface, the author outlines her criteria for inclusion, citing as her main qualification that "the writing must advance knowledge and change the reader's perception of the environment." She includes fulllength books, collections, and anthologies but not individual short pieces or poems. Netzley also excludes works that have not been translated into English or that are too obscure. The entries are well written, informative, and interesting, with plenty of see references and blackandwhite photographs to enhance the text. The range is remarkable, from early authors and writings to the very contemporary, from scholarly works to popular culture. Entries cross disciplines and literary genres and are packed with clearly presented and useful information. Furthermore, while the book is certainly a valuable reference tool, it is also a pleasure to browse. With a thorough bibliography and index, this reference might provide good reader's advisory information as well. This book is worth every penny of its cover price. Index. Photos. Biblio. 1999, ABCCLIO, Ages 12 to 18, 337p, $75. Reviewer: Donna Scanlon
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This unique guide to environmental literature throughout history aims to "encourage an emotional response to the environment." The entries cover such subjects as "environmental fiction" and "waste management," such titles as Silent Spring and The Origin of Species, and such diverse authors as Lucretius, Henry David Thoreau, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Also included are book-length works of environmental fiction and collections of poetry, including Planet of the Apes and Gary Snyder's Turtle Island. There are helpful lists of authors, works, and themes; an excellent index; and a very useful bibliography. Netzley, formerly a writer of children's books, has in recent years published well-received reference works on such diverse topics as special effects in the movies (see the preceding review of Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects), Japan, and the paranormal. Such far-ranging expertise is hard to come by, so it is not surprising that some topics were missed: pastoral poetry, for example, or even Dickens's Hard Times, with its strong criticism of industry's ruination of the countryside. Even so, this is a useful addition to collections on the environment. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Surveys environmental themes, genres, specific authors, and important writings by explorers, scientists, environmentalists, ecologists, conservationists, nature writers, novelists, and poets. Each entry provides a succinct description of the volume, genre, concept, or author, with biographical details, assessment of the work's reception, and other relevant material. Works and authors examined include by Dave Foreman, Dian Fossey's , by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and Thoreau's . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070000
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: ABC-CLIO Literary Companion Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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