The John McPhee Reader

The John McPhee Reader

The John McPhee Reader

The John McPhee Reader


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The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said "is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit," who has been called "a master craftsman" so many times that it is pointless to number them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374517199
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 06/01/1982
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

March 8, 1931

Place of Birth:

Princeton, New Jersey


A.B., Princeton University, 1953; graduate study at Cambridge University, 1953-54

Table of Contents

from A Sense of Where You Are
from The Headmaster
from Oranges
from The Pine Barrens: "The Woods from Hog Wallow", "A Separate World", and "The Air Tune"
from A Room Full of Hovings
from Levels of the Game
from The Crofter and the Laird
from Encounters With the Archdruid
from The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed
from Pieces of the Frame: "Travels in Georgia" and "The Search for Marvin Gardens"
from The Curve of Binding Energy from The Survival of the Bark Canoe

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