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Trailblazing marine biologist, visionary conservationist, deep ecology philosopher, Edward F. Ricketts (1897–1948) has reached legendary status in the California mythos. A true polymath and a thinker ahead of his time, Ricketts was a scientist who worked in passionate collaboration with many of his friends—artists, writers, and influential intellectual figures—including, perhaps most famously, John Steinbeck, who once said that Ricketts's mind “had no horizons.” This unprecedented collection, featuring previously unpublished pieces as well as others available for the first time in their original form, reflects the wide scope of Rickettss scientific, philosophical, and literary interests during the years he lived and worked on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. These writings, which together illuminate the evolution of Rickettss unique, holistic approach to science, include “Verbatim transcription of notes on the Gulf of California trip,” the basic manuscript for Steinbecks and Rickettss Log from the Sea of Cortez; the essays “The Philosophy of Breaking Through” and “A Spiritual Morphology of Poetry;” several shorter pieces on topics including collecting invertebrates and the impact of modernization on Mexican village life; and more. An engaging critical biography and a number of rare photographs offer a new and richly detailed view of Rickettss life.

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"To have begun to know Ed Ricketts even a little—whether as the satyr-god of Cannery Row, pioneering ecologist and marine biologist, magical Steinbeck character, co-author of a classic 'voyage of discovery,' or legendary friend and mentor of the great—is to want to know more."—From the foreword by Susan F. Beegel, editor of The Hemingway Review

"This biography and collection is invaluable for those seeking to understand all about Ed Ricketts, not as Steinbeck's "Doc," but as the complex, visionary thinker and scientist that he was. Rodger gives us Ricketts's seminal writings, some for the first time in print, that reveal his lifelong struggle to come to grips with the complexities of marine ecology at all levels. Today's researchers would do well to try and grasp his prescient, holistic ideas about the universal connections linking organisms, species, communities, and their environment."—William F. Gilly, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

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A collection of 20 essays by Edward Ricketts, the marine biologist, would-be philosopher and famous friend, collaborator, and muse of John Steinbeck.

About the Author

Edward F. Ricketts co-authored several books, among them Between Pacific Tides (1939), now in its fifth, revised edition and still regarded as the definitive ecological handbook on the California littoral. Katharine A. Rodger is editor of Renaissance Man of Cannery Row: The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts (2002). Susan F. Beegel, editor of The Hemingway Review, coedited Steinbeck and the Environment (1997).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Editors Note

Introduction

1. Foreword to the 1925 Pacific Biological Laboratories Catalog

2. "Zoological Introduction" to Between Pacific Tides

3. The Philosophy of "Breaking Through"

4. A Spiritual Morphology of Poetry

5. Essay on Non-teleological Thinking

6. Verbatim Transcription of Notes of Gulf of California Trip

7. Thesis and Materials for a Script on Mexico

8. "Outline and Conspectus" for a Book on the Mandated Islands

9. Transcript of Summer 1945 and 1946 Notes Based on Trips to the Outer Shores

10. Investigator Blames Industry, Nature for Shortage

Epilogue

Living at the Lab with My Father

Memoir by Ed Ricketts Jr.

Early Days: Nicknames and Such

Memoir by Nancy Ricketts

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520247048
Editor:
Rodger, Katharine A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Foreword by:
Beegel, Susan F.
Foreword:
Beegel, Susan F.
Editor:
Rodger, Katharine A.
Author:
Rodger, Katharine A.
Author:
Ricketts, Edward Flanders
Author:
Beegel, Susan F.
Author:
Ricketts, Edward F.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Teleology
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Pacific Coast (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photographs, 3 maps
Pages:
369
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 23 oz

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"To have begun to know Ed Ricketts even a little—whether as the satyr-god of Cannery Row, pioneering ecologist and marine biologist, magical Steinbeck character, co-author of a classic 'voyage of discovery,' or legendary friend and mentor of the great—is to want to know more."—From the foreword by Susan F. Beegel, editor of The Hemingway Review

"This biography and collection is invaluable for those seeking to understand all about Ed Ricketts, not as Steinbeck's "Doc," but as the complex, visionary thinker and scientist that he was. Rodger gives us Ricketts's seminal writings, some for the first time in print, that reveal his lifelong struggle to come to grips with the complexities of marine ecology at all levels. Today's researchers would do well to try and grasp his prescient, holistic ideas about the universal connections linking organisms, species, communities, and their environment."—William F. Gilly, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

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