The Peter Matthiessen Reader

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"Our greatest modern nature writer in the lyrical tradition." ?The New York Times Book Review

"Matthiessen is a great travel companion. . . . His knowledge of plants, animals and people is breathtaking." ?The Boston Globe

Perhaps no writer has better articulated our relationship to the environment than Peter Matthiessen. From Wildlife in America to Men's Lives, his work has captured the wonder of the natural ...

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Overview

"Our greatest modern nature writer in the lyrical tradition." —The New York Times Book Review

"Matthiessen is a great travel companion. . . . His knowledge of plants, animals and people is breathtaking." —The Boston Globe

Perhaps no writer has better articulated our relationship to the environment than Peter Matthiessen. From Wildlife in America to Men's Lives, his work has captured the wonder of the natural world—and the horrors of resource exploitation, with its violent effects on traditional peoples and the poor.

In The Peter Matthiessen Reader, editor McKay Jenkins presents a single-volume collection of this distinguished author's nonfiction. Here are essays and excerpts that highlight the spiritual, literary, and political daring so crucial to Matthiessen's vision. Matthiessen chronicles his 250-mile trek across the Himalaya to the Tibetan Plateau in a selection from the National Book Award winner The Snow Leopard. Wild peoples, wilderness, and wildlife—common themes throughout Matthiessen's oeuvre—are examined with grace and power in The Tree Where Man Was Born. Here too are excerpts from Indian Country and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Matthiessen's stunning exposé of the Leonard Peltier case and the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the American Indian Movement. Comprehensive and engrossing, The Peter Matthiessen Reader celebrates an American voice unequaled in its commitment to literature's noblest aspiration: to challenge us to perceive our world—as well as ourselves—truthfully and clearly.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
With books like In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, The Snow Leopard and The Tree Where Man was Born, Matthiessen has long been established as a remarkable and popular writer. There is no better modern environmental writer. As the editor of this collection comments in his introduction, "Throughout his work, Matthiessen remains steadfast but heartbroken by our inexorable drive to subdue wilderness, assimilate native peoples and wring the mysteries from life." Peter Matthiessen is always thoughtful, always erudite and has a remarkable ability to see clearly how important and how magical all aspects of our planet are. Whether trekking across the Himalayas, or explaining the background of the American Indian Movement, Matthiessen is always worth reading. The excerpts from 13 different works, written between 1959 and 1991, either serve to remind the reader how good the complete book was, or give a taste of how wonderful it would be to read the whole thing. This is a well-chosen selection of Matthiessen's work, but with such a wealth of material, there could easily be a second volume. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Random House, Vintage, 359p, 21cm, 99-35246 $14.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Katherine E. Gillen; Libn., Luke AFB Lib., AZ, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
Library Journal
An introduction to Matthiessen's nonfiction, this collection of excerpts will inspire the novice to indulge further and convince those already familiar with his work to reconnect. Jenkins (literature and writing, Univ. of Delaware) provides a thoughtful preface, placing the excerpts in the context of Matthiessen's literary life and providing complementary biographical information. Each excerpt is introduced with a brief overview that provides the place and time and identifies them as a source of inspiration for "an entire generation of writers who have collectively helped make `nature writing' one of the vibrant fields in contemporary American literature." For all the literary excellence in Matthiessen's nonfiction prose (of which the excerpts in this reader are prime examples), Jenkins reiterates Matthiessen's desire to be first and foremost a novelist. This book is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. [See also Mathiessen's Tigers in the Snow, reviewed on p. 153--Ed.]--Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375702723
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Vintage Original Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 645,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Matthiessen lives in Sagaponack, New York. McKay Jenkins teaches literature and nonfiction writing at the University of Delaware.

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