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Faith in a seed :the dispersion of seeds and other late natural history writingsby Henry D. Thoreau
Synopses & Reviews
Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds, one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.
With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed dispersal. The Dispersion of Seeds, which draws on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, refutes the then widely accepted theory that some plants spring spontaneously to life, independent of roots, cuttings, or seeds. As Thoreau wrote: "Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
Book News Annotation:
This volume is proclaimed by the publisher to be "The first new book by Thoreau published in 125 years"--can we expect more to come? This previously unpublished Thoreau work, originally entitled The Dispersion of Seeds, is in essence a collection of the writer's more scientific observations. As such, the topics are often dry, but the writing is all Thoreau as he walks the reader through his many varied observations about nature and life. Pleasant reading, especially for Thoreau enthusiasts, and perhaps a few scientists.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Henry D. Thoreau's Faith in a Seed, was first published in hardcover in 1993 by Island Press under the Shearwater Books imprint, which unifies scientific views of nature with humanistic ones. This important work, the first publication of Thoreau's last manuscript, is now available in paperback. "Faith in a Seed" contains Thoreau's last important research and writing project, "The Dispersion of Seeds", and other unpublished late natural history writings.
Bradley P. Dean is a professor of English at East Carolina University and editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin.
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