Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden

Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden

by Michael Branch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820325473

ISBN-13: 9780820325477

Pub. Date: 01/05/2004

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Branch (literature and environment, U. of Nevada-Reno) provides an introduction describing the value of studying non-fiction writings about nature from before Henry Thoreau's 1854 classic, which many assume started the genre. He explains how his exploration of this relatively uncharted body of literature made him feel akin to the early nature writers in what was to

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Branch (literature and environment, U. of Nevada-Reno) provides an introduction describing the value of studying non-fiction writings about nature from before Henry Thoreau's 1854 classic, which many assume started the genre. He explains how his exploration of this relatively uncharted body of literature made him feel akin to the early nature writers in what was to become America as they encountered a new world of richness and diversity. Sixty-three short pieces and excerpts are arranged by century, beginning with selections from Christopher Columbus' writings. Branch provides author and contextual information for each selection. A substantial bibliography of primary and secondary sources is included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9780820325477
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/05/2004
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
Editorial Criteria and a Note on the Textxxix
Part IThe Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries
Digest of Columbus's Log Book from the First Voyage (1492-1493) and Narrative of the Third Voyage (1498-1500)3
Mundus Novus (1503)9
De Orbe Novo (1511-1530)14
Natural History of the West Indies (1526)22
The Narrative of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (1542)29
The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado (c. 1562)35
The Whole and True Discovery of Terra Florida (1563)41
A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia (1588)46
A Description of New England (1616) and The General History of Virginia (1624)51
New England's Prospect (1634)57
The New English Canaan (1637)63
Meditations Divine and Moral (1664/1867)68
Account of the Second Voyage to New England (1674)72
Journal of a Voyage to New York and a Tour in Several of the American Colonies (1679-1680/1867)78
A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America (1697)84
Part IIThe Eighteenth Century
The Journal of Madam Knight (1704-1705/1825)95
The History and Present State of Virginia (1705)99
A New Voyage to Carolina (1709)105
The Christian Philosopher (1721)110
"The Spider Letter" (1723) and "Beauty of the World" (1725)117
"An Essay upon the Natural History of Whales ..." (1724)125
The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1731)131
The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1739-1762/1972)137
Travels into North America (1753-1761)143
"The Kite" (1752), "Effect of Oil on Water" (1773), and "Restoration of Life by Sun Rays" (1773)149
A Lecture on Earthquakes (1755)156
Font's Complete Diary (1775-1776/1933)161
Letters from an American Farmer (1782)166
A Tour in the United States of America (1784)172
Notes on the State of Virginia (1785)178
Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida ... (1791)184
An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith (1799)191
"Introduction to a Course of Lectures on Natural History ..." (1799)196
Part IIIThe Nineteenth Century through Walden
The Journals of Lewis and Clark (1804-1806)205
American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States (1808-1829)212
Travels in the Interior of America ... (1817)217
Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw ... (1821)224
Travels in New England and New York (1821-1822)230
Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains ... (1822-1823)236
A Narrative of Some Remarkable Incidents, in the Life of Solomon Bayley, Formerly a Slave ... (1825)242
Recollections of the Last Ten Years Passed in Occasional Residences and Journeyings in the Valley of the Mississippi ... (1826)247
Sketches of History, Life, and Manners, in the United States (1826)253
Travels in America (1827)260
Ornithological Biography (1831-1839)266
"The Uses of Natural History" (1833)273
Rambles of a Naturalist (1833)280
A Tour on the Prairies (1835)286
"Essay on American Scenery" (1836)292
Retrospect of Western Travel (1838)298
Algic Researches, Comprising Inquiries Respecting the Mental Characteristics of the North American Indians (1839)303
Narrative of a Journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River ... (1839)308
Recollections of the Rocky Mountains (1840-1847/1967)314
Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians (1841)320
The Lady's Book of Flowers and Poetry ... (1842)325
"Buds and Bird-Voices" (1843)330
"A New Public Park" (1844) and Letters of a Traveller ... (1850)336
Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 (1844)342
Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in 1843-1844 (1845)347
The Life, History and Travels of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh, a Young Indian Chief of the Ojebwa Nation ... (1847)353
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)358
Rural Hours (1850)365
Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah ... (1852)371
The Homes of the New World: Impressions of America (1853)375
Further Reading381
Sources and Credits391
About the Editor396
Index397

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