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Some of Henry David Thoreauandrsquo;s most beautiful nature writing was inspired by the flowering trees and plants of Concord. An inveterate year-round rambler and journal keeper, he faithfully recorded, dated, and described his sightings of the floating water lily, the elusive wild azalea, and the late autumn foliage of the scarlet oak.
This inviting selection of Thoreauandrsquo;s best flower writings is arranged by day of the year and accompanied by Thoreauandrsquo;s philosophical speculations and his observations of the weather and of other plants and animals. They illuminate the authorandrsquo;s spirituality, his belief in natureandrsquo;s correspondence with the human soul, and his sense that anticipationandmdash;of spring, of flowers yet to bloomandmdash;renews our connection with the earth and with immortality.
Thoreauandrsquo;s Wildflowers features more than 200 of the black-and-white drawings originally created by Barry Moser for his first illustrated book, Flowering Plants of Massachusetts. This volume also presents andldquo;Thoreau as Botanist,andrdquo; an essay by Ray Angelo, the leading authority on the flowering plants of Concord.
"Though difficult to believe, until now there has never been a single-volume collection of true-life narratives from Africa's great, historical figures. This fact could explain Wisner's apparent exuberance in trying to cram as many entries as possible into this remarkable book. Organized by geography, the wide variety of selections includes the world travels of 14th-century Moroccan Ibn Battuta, the court testimony of anti-Apartheid activist Steven Biko, the distant memories of a young Algerian boy's first encounter with a foreigner, and a Maasai warrior's initiation into manhood. The stories range from bit-tersweet to violent, wistful to seductive, leaving a deep emotional impression. Wisner (A Basket of Leaves) does not create any artificial hierarchies of relative importance between his entries, whether the 'first biography of an Arab woman ever written' or the memoir of a South African Nobel Peace Prize winner. If there's a criticism to be leveled here, it is with the brevity of each selection due the wide net Wisner chose to cast. Nevertheless, this volume is full of memorable anecdotes and images right through the final entry. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first collection of Thoreauandrsquo;s writings on the flowering plants of Concord, with more than 200 drawings by renowned artist Barry Moser
About the Author
Geoff Wisner is an author, editor, book reviewer, and contributor to publications including the Christian Science Monitor and the Quarterly Conversation. He is author of A Basket of Leaves and editor of African Lives. He lives in New York City. Barry Moser has illustrated or designed more than 300 books. His edition of Aliceandrsquo;s Adventures in Wonderland won the National Book Award in 1983. He lives in western Massachusetts.
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