Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings

Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings

by Henry D. Thoreau, Abigail Rorer
     
 

<p>Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds, one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.<p>With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed… See more details below

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<p>Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds, one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.<p>With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed dispersal. The Dispersion of Seeds, which draws on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, refutes the then widely accepted theory that some plants spring spontaneously to life, independent of roots, cuttings, or seeds. As Thoreau wrote: "Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559632737
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Edition description:
Special Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction3
The Dispersion of Seeds23
Other Late Natural History Writings
Wild Fruits177
Weeds and Grasses204
Forest Trees207
A Thoreau Chronology213
Editor's Notes217
Acknowledgments271
Index273

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