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Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place

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Walt Whitmans meditation on time is the undercurrent running through Postscripts, a series of reflections on finding ones place in the endless chain of time. In linked essays, Robert Root ranges across American terrains and landscapes including locales as varied as Walden Pond and Mesa Verde, the mountains of Montana and the coastline of Maine, Great Lakes shorelines and Manhattan on the first day of the war with Iraq.

Rich in “all that retrospection,” Postscripts chronicles moments of intimacy and arrival in the natural world while also charting intersections of natural, cultural, and personal history. Whether revisiting the first European settlement in Nova Scotia or seeking out the sites of E. B. Whites life and literature, exploring the only old-growth forest in lower Michigan or shifting perceptions at the birth of a granddaughter, Root offers readers a new perspective on the relationship between time and place, time and timelessness, history and personal history. If the past is prologue, his book suggests, the present is postscript.

 

 

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"Root (Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place), Central Michigan University emeritus English professor and creative writing teacher, offers up a baker's dozen of his own creative nonfiction essays, each focusing on a particular place, and the author's personal experiences and associations. Some, like his description of an afternoon's sylvan escape from the grounds of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in the mountains of Vermont, are purely personal. Others are connected to Root's literary interests. A visit to Belgrade Lakes in Maine prompts recollections of E.B. White's essay describing his summer holidays there, and his reflections on time and mortality. Walden Pond, in its modern state as environmentalist icon, literary shrine, and vacationer's playground, offers an ironic contrast to the rather unremarkable, rural body of water it was when Henry David Thoreau settled near its banks to 'live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.' Malabar Farm, now an Ohio state park, epitomizes the idealized agrarianism of owner/author Louis Bromfield, and brings to mind White's witty review-in-verse of the 1948 book that bore its name. Root's thoughtful, leisurely essays provide an intriguing glimpse into the interior life of a scholar and writer deeply engaged not only with the physical world, but with the historical, literary, and emotional worlds that lie alongside it like ghostly photographic double exposures. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Robert Root is a visiting professor in the MFA program in creative writing at Ashland University and professor emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University. Three of the essays in Postscripts have been cited as Notable Essays in the annual Best American Essays collections. Roots books include Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place and Recovering Ruth: A Biographers Tale, both available from the University of Nebraska Press.

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ISBN:
9780803238466
Author:
Root, Robert L Jr
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Root, Robert L.
Author:
Root, Robert
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Root (Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place), Central Michigan University emeritus English professor and creative writing teacher, offers up a baker's dozen of his own creative nonfiction essays, each focusing on a particular place, and the author's personal experiences and associations. Some, like his description of an afternoon's sylvan escape from the grounds of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in the mountains of Vermont, are purely personal. Others are connected to Root's literary interests. A visit to Belgrade Lakes in Maine prompts recollections of E.B. White's essay describing his summer holidays there, and his reflections on time and mortality. Walden Pond, in its modern state as environmentalist icon, literary shrine, and vacationer's playground, offers an ironic contrast to the rather unremarkable, rural body of water it was when Henry David Thoreau settled near its banks to 'live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.' Malabar Farm, now an Ohio state park, epitomizes the idealized agrarianism of owner/author Louis Bromfield, and brings to mind White's witty review-in-verse of the 1948 book that bore its name. Root's thoughtful, leisurely essays provide an intriguing glimpse into the interior life of a scholar and writer deeply engaged not only with the physical world, but with the historical, literary, and emotional worlds that lie alongside it like ghostly photographic double exposures. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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