Herbs and the Earth: An Evocative Excursion into the Lure and Legend of Our Common Herbs

Herbs and the Earth: An Evocative Excursion into the Lure and Legend of Our Common Herbs

by Henry Beston
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beston (1888-1968), a New England naturalist and children's book author whose ``chosen home'' from 1944 on was a farm in Maine, here writes with an almost Proustian dedication about herbs as human ``familiars'' of ancient lineage. ``The green life of earth is a deeper life than we know,'' he avows, and walks a leisurely path through species including sage, marjoram, basil and other mainstays. Always exercising a ``gardener's musing mind,'' the author gently but firmly reproaches ``the age in which we live'' for having ``lost the earth,'' and exchanged this for a ``vulgar curse of gigantism,'' with gardens ``fallen into so impersonal a rut.'' Writing as an appreciator of ``subtleties of light'' and the revelations of ``a simple leaf,'' Beston pens a hymn in prose, out of print for a dozen years, of unusual depth and eloquence. BOMC alternate. (June)
Booknews
These reflections on herbs, gardens, and nature by naturalist/writer Beston (best known for The Outermost house, a record of a year spent on Cape Cod's beach) were first published in 1935 and are here lovingly reprinted letterpress with woodcuts by John Howard Benson and an introduction by Horticulture magazine editor Roger Swain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567921885
Publisher:
Pocket Paragon from David R. Godine Publisher
Publication date:
11/28/2014
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
915,646
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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