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Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Odyssey of Ed Ricketts, the Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell

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Publisher Comments:

This is a thoughtful and revealing portrait of symbiotic friendship, a suspenseful tale of adventure at sea, and a eulogy to a trailblazing "popular scientist" whose full story has never before been told. In the 1930s, while the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression sent most of America into the doldrums, a lively intellectual and artistic community formed in the West, revolving around three legendary friends: Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck, and Joseph Campbell. Steinbeck immortalized Monterey's bohemian spirit in Cannery Row, but the area's true lifeblood was his best friend and mentor, Ed Ricketts. Today he's usually remembered as "Doc" — the beer-drinking philosopher-scientist who presides over Monterey's population of "whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches" in Cannery Row — but Ricketts was actually a highly accomplished ecologist who did seminal work in the emerging field of marine biology. His two books, Between Pacific Tides and Sea of Cortez (coauthored with Steinbeck), are still considered classics.

Review:

"It's quite likely that even the most enthusiastic readers of Cannery Row don't know much about Ed Ricketts, the self-taught marine biologist depicted in John Steinbeck's novel as 'Doc' — a beer-guzzling bohemian science-philosopher presiding genially over the coastal California town's seedy sardine-packing population of 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches.' Tamm's account of Ricketts's short life (he died in 1948, at age 51, killed while crossing train tracks) is an engrossing memoir. Freelance writer Tamm smartly weaves in-depth literary analysis of Steinbeck's fiction into his narrative, though writing relatively little about mythologist Joseph Campbell's spiritual explorations. But the links drawn among the three friends (though Steinbeck and Campbell soon had a lifelong falling out around marital infidelity) provide a fascinating insight into how art, science and philosophy can nurture, inspire and feed off one another. Tamm writes with impassioned honesty about his subject's many dimensions. Ricketts was a beach bum, philanderer and party-hearty hedonist, but he was also an intuitive ecologist, whose early warnings about sardine over-fishing along the California and Alaskan coasts in the 1930s proved prescient; an environmental visionary, whose dire observations about the impact of industrial effluvia on shoreline habitats in the 1940s went unheeded; and a true renaissance man, whose avant-garde fusion of life and science inspired the lives he touched. Agent, Amy Rennert. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

John Steinbeck immortalized Monterey's bohemian spirit in "Cannery Row," but the area's true lifeblood was his best friend and mentor, Ed Ricketts, the subject of this thoughtful and revealing portrait.

Synopsis:

The relationship between John Steinbeck, Joseph Campbell, and marine biologist "Doc" Ricketts is explored in this insightful chronicle of a scientist who managed to inspire the work of a literary artist and the pre-eminent scholar of mythology in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568582986
Subtitle:
The Untold Odyssey of Ed Ricketts, the Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Tamm, Eric Enno
Author:
Tamm, Eric
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Marine biologists
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
Scientists - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
89
Publication Date:
20040527
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 B&W illustrations
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
900x600

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Coasts

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's quite likely that even the most enthusiastic readers of Cannery Row don't know much about Ed Ricketts, the self-taught marine biologist depicted in John Steinbeck's novel as 'Doc' — a beer-guzzling bohemian science-philosopher presiding genially over the coastal California town's seedy sardine-packing population of 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches.' Tamm's account of Ricketts's short life (he died in 1948, at age 51, killed while crossing train tracks) is an engrossing memoir. Freelance writer Tamm smartly weaves in-depth literary analysis of Steinbeck's fiction into his narrative, though writing relatively little about mythologist Joseph Campbell's spiritual explorations. But the links drawn among the three friends (though Steinbeck and Campbell soon had a lifelong falling out around marital infidelity) provide a fascinating insight into how art, science and philosophy can nurture, inspire and feed off one another. Tamm writes with impassioned honesty about his subject's many dimensions. Ricketts was a beach bum, philanderer and party-hearty hedonist, but he was also an intuitive ecologist, whose early warnings about sardine over-fishing along the California and Alaskan coasts in the 1930s proved prescient; an environmental visionary, whose dire observations about the impact of industrial effluvia on shoreline habitats in the 1940s went unheeded; and a true renaissance man, whose avant-garde fusion of life and science inspired the lives he touched. Agent, Amy Rennert. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , John Steinbeck immortalized Monterey's bohemian spirit in "Cannery Row," but the area's true lifeblood was his best friend and mentor, Ed Ricketts, the subject of this thoughtful and revealing portrait.
"Synopsis" by , The relationship between John Steinbeck, Joseph Campbell, and marine biologist "Doc" Ricketts is explored in this insightful chronicle of a scientist who managed to inspire the work of a literary artist and the pre-eminent scholar of mythology in the twentieth century.
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