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Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh [NOOK Book]

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"Set aside your Bella Tuscanys and Year in Provences
for a different kind of travel book. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa puts a
walking stick in your hand and Marsh’s Man and Nature in your knapsack,
exploring how Italians have managed their natural and cultural heritage in ...

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Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh

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Overview

"Set aside your Bella Tuscanys and Year in Provences
for a different kind of travel book. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa puts a
walking stick in your hand and Marsh’s Man and Nature in your knapsack,
exploring how Italians have managed their natural and cultural heritage in ways that sustain both.
John Elder’s poetic meditations on land and life demonstrate that only by searching beyond our
familiar boundaries can we discover better ways of living back at home."—Marcus Hall,
author of Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration

"This collaboration—between George Perkins Marsh and John
Elder, between Vermont and Italy, between maple and olive—is one of the smartest, soundest,
deepest books about the relationship between people and nature that I’ve ever read. It will be
a classic."—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Elder’s impassioned pilgrimage shows us how to delight in
messy wilderness, to secure a curative habitation of the world, and, with Marsh, to lend ecological
nous to our gravest task: knowing ourselves and respecting one another. Let the maple seeds and
olive stones of Elder’s visionary harvest restore to us a reflective and redemptory
future."—from the foreword by David Lowenthal

The pivotal figure in
Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa is the nineteenth-century diplomat and writer
George Perkins Marsh, generally regarded as America’s first environmentalist. Like Elder,
Marsh was a Vermonter, and his diplomatic career took him for some years to Italy, where, witnessing
the ecological devastation wrought upon the landscape by runaway deforestation and the plundering of
other natural resources, he was moved to produce his famous manifesto, Man and Nature.
Marsh drew parallels between the despoiled Italian environment and his home landscape of
Vermont, warning that the latter was vulnerable to ecological woes of a similar magnitude if not
carefully maintained and protected. In short, his was a prescient voice for
stewardship.

Elder follows in Marsh’s footsteps along a trajectory running
from Vermont to Italy, and at length fetches up at the managed forest of Vallombrosa. Punctuated
throughout with learned and genial considerations of the poetry of Wordsworth, Basho, Dante, and
Frost, Elder’s narrative takes up issues of sustainability as practiced locally, reports on
family doings, and returns finally—as did Marsh’s—to Vermont, where he measures
traditional stewardship values against more aggressive conservation-oriented measures such as
the expansion of wilderness areas.

John Elder, Professor of English and
Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, is the author of Reading the Mountains of Home
and The Frog Run.

Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in
Ecocriticism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813934297
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Series: Under the Sign of Nature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • File size: 584 KB

Table of Contents


Foreword   David Lowenthal     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Prologue: Spiral Home     1
Vallombrosa
Marrying the Map     15
Headwaters     28
Compatriots     46
Saint Beech     60
After Olive Picking     75
Landmarks and Covenants
Hunter in the Sky     97
Gifts of Prophecy     120
The Broken Sheepfold     144
Mowing     166
Dust of Snow     181
Ottauquechee
Inheriting Mount Tom     191
Forever Wild Again     210
Into the Wind     226
Maggie Brook     238
Notes     253
Index     265
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