Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing Before Walden
Reading the Roots is an unprecedented anthology of outstanding early writings about American nature--a rich, influential, yet critically underappreciated body of work. Rather than begin with Henry David Thoreau, who is often identified as the progenitor of American nature writing, editor Michael P. Branch instead surveys the long tradition that prefigures and anticipates Thoreau and his literary descendants.
The selections in Reading the Roots describe a diversity of landscapes, wildlife, and natural phenomena, and their authors represent many different nationalities, cultural affiliations, religious views, and ideological perspectives. The writings gathered here also range widely in terms of subject, rhetorical form, and disciplinary approach--from promotional tracts and European narratives of contact with Native Americans to examples of scientific theology and romantic nature writing.
The volume also includes a critical introduction discussing the cultural, scientific, and literary value of early American nature writing; headnotes that contextualize all authors and selections; and a substantial bibliography of primary and secondary sources in the field. Reading the Roots at last makes early American landscapes--and a range of literary responses to them--accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.
ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة
First Voyage 14921493 and Narrative of the Third Voyage 14981500
Amerigo Vespucci Mundus Novus 1503
John Smith A Description of New England 1616
Jasper Danckaerts Journal of a Voyage to New York and a Tour
John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth
Thomas Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia 1785
James Smith An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
in the Life of Solomon Bayley Formerly a Slave 1825
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Uses of Natural History 1833
John Kirk Townsend Narrative of a Journey across the Rocky Mountains
Nicolas Point Recollections of the Rocky Mountains 184018471967
Lucy Hooper The Ladys Book of Flowers and Poetry 1842
Margaret Fuller Summer on the Lakes in 1843 1844
Sources and Credits
Timothy Dwight Travels in New England and New York 18211822