Natural State

Natural State

A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing

eBook - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Collects essays, excerpts from longer works, and works of fiction by such authors as Mary Auston, Margaret Millar, Kem Nunn, Russell Chatham, Henry Miller, and John McPhee

University of California Press
This is the first anthology of nature writing that celebrates California, the most geographically diverse state in the union. Readers—be they naturalists or armchair explorers—will find themselves transported to California's many wild places in the company of forty noted writers whose works span more than a century. Divided into sections on California's mountains, hills and valleys, deserts, coast, and elements (earth, wind, and fire), the book contains essays, diary entries, and excerpts from larger works, including fiction. As a prelude to the collection, editor Steven Gilbar presents two California Indian creation myths, one a Cahto narrative and the other an A-juma-wi story as told by Darryl Babe Wilson.

Familiar names appear in these pages—John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, John McPhee, M.F.K. Fisher, Gretel Ehrlich—but less familiar writers such as Daniel Duane, Margaret Millar, and John McKinney are also included. Among the gems in this treasure trove are Jack Kerouac on climbing Mt. Matterhorn, Barry Lopez on snow geese migration at Tule Lake, Edward Abbey on Death Valley, Henry Miller on Big Sur, and Joan Didion on the Santa Ana winds. Gary Snyder's inspiring Afterword reflects the spirit of environmentalism that runs throughout the book. Natural State also reveals the many changes to California's landscape that have occurred in geological time and in human terms. More than a book of "nature writing," this book is superb writing about nature.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, Ă1998
ISBN: 9780520920330
0520920333
0520212088
0520212096
9780520212084
9780520212091
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 377 pages)
Additional Contributors: Gilbar, Steven

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