Height of Our Mountains: Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley

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Beginning with Captain John Smith's eager gaze westward in search of gold and ending with contemporary essayist John Daniel's transformative gaze inward in search of wilderness, The Height of Our Mountains collects the work of seventy of the nation's finest writers on nature since 1607. The book also includes a critical introduction to the character and form of nature writing, the concepts of place and bioregionalism, and the literary natural history of the Blue Ridge region, as well as detailed notes to the ...
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Overview

Beginning with Captain John Smith's eager gaze westward in search of gold and ending with contemporary essayist John Daniel's transformative gaze inward in search of wilderness, The Height of Our Mountains collects the work of seventy of the nation's finest writers on nature since 1607. The book also includes a critical introduction to the character and form of nature writing, the concepts of place and bioregionalism, and the literary natural history of the Blue Ridge region, as well as detailed notes to the selections and an extensive bibliographical essay. Beautifully illustrated with historical paintings, drawings, engravings, and maps, The Height of Our Mountains will prove a lasting treasure to readers, scholars, and travelers alike.
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Including works by John Smith, George Washington, John James Audubon, Willa Cather, William Carlos Williams, and John Daniel, this book presents a collection of 70 essays, scientific reports, folklore transcriptions, diary entries, and works of fiction from 1612 to 1996 that explore the changing sense of place of those that lived in and visited the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Old Dominion Sierran

All Virginia outdoor enthusiasts have visited the Blue Ridge, and all of them with a taste for reading will want to own The Height of Our Mountains.

Blue Ridge Outdoors

With its mixture of fiction, personal, and scientific writing, the book has something for everyone... From colonization to contemporary times, the list of writers represented (70 in all) is both impressive and surprising, including Jefferson's former slave Isaac, James Audobon, Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, Ellen Glasgow, and Annie Dillard.

Virginia Quarterly Review

A model of regional nature-writing anthologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801856327
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/1998
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Branch is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Daniel J. Philippon is a Ph.D. candidate in the English at the University of Virginia.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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