Hoagland on Nature: Essays

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Edward Hoagland is not only one of the best writers of our time; he is also one of the keenest observers of nature and one of the most celebrated essayists. His subjects range from the natural history of owls to the delicious mystery of wolves ("Howling Back at the Wolves"); the demise of the red wolf ("Lament the Red Wolves"); the nature of a bear-stalker ("Bears, Bears, Bears"); admirable qualities of other creatures (in his famous essay "The Courage of Turtles"); and the intricate workings of an old farm's ...
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Edward Hoagland is not only one of the best writers of our time; he is also one of the keenest observers of nature and one of the most celebrated essayists. His subjects range from the natural history of owls to the delicious mystery of wolves ("Howling Back at the Wolves"); the demise of the red wolf ("Lament the Red Wolves"); the nature of a bear-stalker ("Bears, Bears, Bears"); admirable qualities of other creatures (in his famous essay "The Courage of Turtles"); and the intricate workings of an old farm's ecosystem. Hoagland's exploration, from the Okefenokee swamp to the brawny Belize River, illuminates both the exotic and the wilds of our own backyards. Hoagland reports from the frontlines of life. He recounts fascinating detail with exacting prose. He's irascible, brilliant, probing, sharp-witted, and brutally honest about himself and the state of the natural world.
No one who admires John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, and Edward Abbey should miss this definitive collection. It will forever change the way you view the natural world.
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Acclaimed nature writer Hoagland offers a rich collection of 25 essays that records his travels to places that include the Arctic, Antarctica, and his rural retreat in the mountains of Vermont. Hoagland distinguishes himself from many other nature writers by being equally interested in people and their natural surroundings, and he often writes about the deadly interactions between the two. We learn of the Kadar of southern India, who live with the threat of elephant or tiger attacks; the Gwich'in Indians of Alaska, who struggle to maintain their traditional subsistence living in the 21st century; and Hoagland's strange mix of neighbors in rural Vermont, whose lives can be difficult and tawdry but who are always fiercely independent. In a very personal essay, "Behold Now Behemoth," Hoagland reveals his religious beliefs and unfettered joy at having his sight restored after three years of blindness. He ends the work with biographical commentary on nature writers Thoreau, John Muir, Edward Abbey, and Gilbert White. Hoagland's writing is provocative, direct, raw, sometimes painful, and always full of his passion for life and living things. Highly recommended for nature and travel collections.-Maureen J. Delaney-Lehman, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"The Thoreau of our time, an essayist so intensely personal, so sharp-eyed and deep-sighted, so tender and tough, lyrical and elegiac, as to transmute a simple stroll into a full-blown mystical experience."
--The Washington Post

"He is, as far as I know, the best essayist working in our perishable republic."
--Edward Abbey
 
"One of the best celebrants of the natural world."
--The Atlantic

"Hoagland is surely one of our most truthful writers about nature . . ."
--The New York Times Book Review

"One of the best celebrants of the natural world."
--The Atlantic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286348
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: On Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


EDWARD HOAGLAND, one of America's most distinguished writers, is the author of numerous books, including Walking the Dead Diamond River, The Courage of Turtles, Red Wolves and Black Bears, African Calliope, Tugman's Passage, Balancing Acts, Tigers & Ice and Compass Points. He lives in Vermont and in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
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On the first hunt, we went to the Duck Pond Road in the township of Glover. It's a defunct jigsaw road, scarcely navigable, that twists past abandoned farmsteads and log houses for a dozen miles, with the acres of overgrown red clover and alfalfa fields and orchards everywhere that attract bears, mile after mile of new-fledged wilderness that has not been bulldozed because a strip through the middle of it is slated to become a superhighway. Tuffy, Doyle's strike dog, trotted ahead, urinating repeatedly as he warmed to the occasion. He was butter-footed in the beginning, as stiff as if he were walking on ice, having hunted in Holland, Vt., the day before and treed a yearling, which the hosts and landowners there shot. He has grasshopper legs, a long gazelle waist and a broad face for a dog, providing plenty of space for his teeth and for his smelling-chambers. He's even blacker than a bear, and doesn't lope or pace the way a wolf does, for instance; his gait is gimpier, pointier, pumpier, dancier; his legs seem to dangle--long girlish legs--and there's a trotting-horse quality to him--he has a thin tail and shaky, mile-jigging legs. His ears flop incongruously, like a cartoon puppy's, and yet he sniffed like a jackhammer as he started hunting more smoothy, after relieving his bowels and getting the excess of high spirits out of his system. The start, gaunt persona of a working dog, whether a sled, hound or attack dog, emerged--the scarred face flattening likea janissary's, the eyes going gaily daft. His tail swung with the degree of interest the smells he encountered aroused.
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