Rural Hours

Overview

Rural Hours (1850) is the first piece of nature writing by an American woman. The daughter of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) uses narratives and descriptions of her walks and excursions to reveal her ideal society as a rural one, carefully poised between the receding wilderness and a looming industrialization. She theorizes that knowledge of place causes people to approach the land humbly and gratefully and asserts the necessity of establishing a society that is sustainable ...
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Rural Hours

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Overview

Rural Hours (1850) is the first piece of nature writing by an American woman. The daughter of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) uses narratives and descriptions of her walks and excursions to reveal her ideal society as a rural one, carefully poised between the receding wilderness and a looming industrialization. She theorizes that knowledge of place causes people to approach the land humbly and gratefully and asserts the necessity of establishing a society that is sustainable in the natural world and that sees a moral obligation to deepen knowledge of the natural history of the environment. This new edition, the only printing of the full original text since 1876, restores passages excised by the author for an 1887 edition.
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"An engagingly, astutely, sensitively, and eloquently written work by the first really significant American woman nature writer."—Lawrence Buell

"Rural Hours should interest students of American geography, history, and literature as an important early work of nature writing. It is a significant literary achievement by a woman who has too long languished in the shadow of her famous father.”—Louise Westling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781230208190
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Rochelle Johnson is associate professor of English at Albertson College of Idaho. Daniel Patterson is professor of English at Central Michigan University and the author of Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Together they have also edited Cooper's Essays on Nature and Landscape (Georgia) and Susan Fenimore Cooper: New Essays on "Rural Hours" and Other Works (Georgia).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    No!

    One of those books that are full of typos. Spend the $2 and get the other version!

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