The Unexpected Universe: A Library of America eBook Classic

The Unexpected Universe: A Library of America eBook Classic

by Loren Eiseley, William Cronon

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Overview

“No one has ever managed to make the pursuit of knowledge feel more soulful or more immediate than Loren Eiseley . . . ” —Ben Cosgrove, The Daily Beast
 
At the height of a distinguished career as a paleontologist, Loren Eiseley turned from fieldwork and scientific publication to the personal essay. Here, in The Unexpected Universe, he displays his far-reaching knowledge and searching curiosity about the natural world, and the qualities that led many to hail him as a “modern Thoreau.” Fascinating accounts of the journeys of Odysseus, Captain Cook, and Charles Darwin frame Eiseley’s more modest wanderings as a suburban naturalist, attentive to the lives of small creatures. Sometimes he travels no further than the local dump. And yet, like Homer’s hero or these great explorers, he continually finds a universe “not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535457
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Series: Library of America E-Book Classics
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 67,538
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

Loren Eiseley was born in Nebraska in 1907. An accomplished paleontologist teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Eiseley turned late in his career to writing for a popular audience with the essay collection The Immense Journey, which became a surprise bestseller when published in 1957. It and the five collections that followed--The Firmament of Time, The Unexpected Universe, The Invisible Pyramid, The Night Country, and The Star Thrower--established him as one of America’s most beloved and distinctive naturalists. He died in 1977.

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