Synopses & Reviews
A household icon of the environmental movement, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) may be the most quoted conservationist in history. A Sand County Almanac has sold millions of copies and Leopold's writings are venerated for their perceptions about land and how people might live in concert with the whole community of life.
But who is the man behind the words? How did he arrive at his profound and poetic insights, inspiring generations of environmentalists? Building on past scholarship and a fresh study of Leopold's unpublished archival materials, Julianne Lutz Newton retraces the intellectual journey generated by such passion and intelligence.
Aldo Leopold's Odyssey illuminates his lifelong quest for answers to a fundamental issue: how can people live prosperously on the land and keep it healthy, too? Leopold's journey took him from Iowa to Yale to the Southwest to Wisconsin, with fascinating stops along the way to probe the causes of early land settlement failures, contribute to the emerging science of ecology, and craft a new vision for land use.
More than a biography, this articulate volume is a guide to one man's intellectual growth, and an inspirational resource for anyone pondering the relationships between people and the land.
andquot;In Aldo Leopoldand#39;s Odyssey, her new study of Leopoldand#39;s intellectual evolution, Julianne Lutz Newton makes us feel the loss of what might have followed A Sand County Almanac by showing us in authoritative detail what led up to it. The result is a biography of ideas, a map of how far Leopold had moved between 1909andhellip;and his deathandhellip;andquot;
andquot;Though Julianne Lutz Newtonand#39;s new book about Aldo Leopold is described as a biography, it is much more than that...Aldo Leopoldand#39;s Odyssey fits Leopold into the larger tradition of American environmentalism, and shows him to be an essential part of its development... an invaluable look into Leopoldand#39;s personal and professional life.andquot;
andquot;Aldo Leopoldand#39;s Odyssey discovers new and vital meaning in the words and deeds of one of environmentalismand#39;s great prophets. A crucial book for our time!andquot;
andquot;This book provides an excellent guide to the most important conservationist thinker that we have had. It belongs on the shelf of indispensable works for understanding Leopold and for building on his legacy.andquot;
andquot;With her warm, engaging prose, Julianne Lutz Newton brings us a deeper understanding of Leopoldand#39;s intellectual journey, and the lessons from the land that shaped his thinking. She skillfully weaves his insights into the cultural context of the time and the evolving consciousness of our responsibilities to the places that sustain us.andquot;
andquot;Across a lifetime of study, advocacy, teaching, and writing, Aldo Leopold devoted himself to understanding and enriching the relationship between people and land. With a keen eye for historical context and contemporary influences, Julianne Lutz Newton explores important new dimensions of Leopoldand#39;s experience. Her vivid narrativeandmdash;equal parts history of science, intellectual biography, and environmental historyandmdash;reveals what Leopold once called the and#39;authentic human dramaand#39; of conservation. As that drama continues to unfold, Newton has provided a compelling account of Leopoldand#39;s essential role in defining its tensions and deepening its meaning.andquot;
A household icon of the environmental movement, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) may be the most quoted conservationist in history. A Sand County Almanac has sold millions of copies and his lyrical writings are venerated for their perceptions about land and how people might live in concert with the whole community of life. Using a fresh study of Leopold's unpublished archival materials, Julianne Lutz Newton retraces the intellectual journey that generated such passion and intelligence.
About the Author
Julianne Lutz Newton is a visiting professor of environmental studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and president of the John Burroughs Institute in Roxbury, New York. Her articles have appeared in Conservation Biology, The Illinois Steward, Journal of Civil Society, and American Midland Naturalist.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Seed Plots
Chapter 2. Written on the Hills
Chapter 3. The Middle Border
Chapter 4. Interpreting Pharaoh's Dream
Chapter 5. An American System
Chapter 6. A Common Concept of Land
Chapter 7. Ecological Poetry
Chapter 8. The Germ and the Juggernaut
Chapter 9. Wildlife and the New Man
Chapter 10. Knowing Nature
Chapter 11. A New Kind of Conservation