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Diane Ackerman

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About the Author

Diane Ackerman was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois. She received a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her näytä lisää writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. She has written many books of poetry including The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral; Wife of Light; Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems; Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; and I Praise My Destroyer. Her nonfiction works include A Natural History of the Senses; A Natural History of Love; The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Crocodilians, Penguins, and Whales; An Alchemy of Mind; and On Extended Wings. She also writes nature books for children including Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. She is coeditor of a Norton anthology, The Book of Love. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared in Parade, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazines. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses. She received the Orion Book Award for The Zookeepers Wife. Her other awards include the Abbie Copps Poetry Prize, Black Warrior Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, Peter I. B. Lavan award, and the Wordsmith award. She has taught at a variety of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Zookeeper's Wife (2007) 4,644 kappaletta
Aistien historia (1990) — Tekijä — 2,858 kappaletta
A Natural History Of Love (1994) 778 kappaletta
Deep Play (1999) 245 kappaletta
The Book of Love (1998) 139 kappaletta
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems (1998) 107 kappaletta
Animal Sense (2003) 63 kappaletta
Bats - Shadows In The Night (1997) 30 kappaletta
Monk Seal Hideaway (1995) 13 kappaletta
Wife of light: [poems] (1978) 7 kappaletta
Lady Faustus (1983) 7 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Hearing [1995 TV episode] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 6 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Vision [1995 TV episode] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 5 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses [1995 TV series] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 5 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Touch [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 4 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Taste [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Kertoja — 3 kappaletta
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Smell [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 3 kappaletta
Zoologico de Varsovia, O (2017) 3 kappaletta
Azyl (Polish Edition) (2017) 1 kappale
Sandi Fellman: Open Secret (1999) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Avustaja — 621 kappaletta
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Avustaja — 394 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 234 kappaletta
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Avustaja — 223 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 190 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 151 kappaletta
The Curious Naturalist (1980) — Avustaja — 146 kappaletta
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The Zookeeper's Wife [2017 film] (2017) — Original book — 82 kappaletta
Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World (2007)eräät painokset56 kappaletta
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness (2000) — Esipuhe — 18 kappaletta
Night: A Literary Companion (2009) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 43 (1997) — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
Ackerman, Diane
Muut nimet
Ackermann, Diane
Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Ithaca, New York, USA
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Pennsylvania State University (BA | 1970 - English)
Cornell University (MFA | 1973 | MA | 1976 | PhD | 1978 - English)
professor of English
West, Paul (husband) (1)
Sagan, Carl (doctoral advisor)
Authors Guild
Columbia University
Cornell University
The New Yorker
University of Pittsburgh
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Guggenheim Fellowship
John Burroughs Nature Award
Lavan Poetry Prize
New York Public Library Literary Lion
Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award (1985)
Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities (näytä kaikki 7)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016)
Suzanne Gluck (William Morris Agency)
Alison Granucci (Blue Flower Arts)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly-acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including the bestsellers "The Zookeeper's Wife" and "A Natural History of the Senses," and the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, "One Hundred Names for Love."

In her most recent book, "The Human Age: the World Shaped by Us," she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the whole planet. Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the inspiring people and ideas now creating, and perhaps saving, our future

A note from the author: "I find that writing each book becomes a mystery trip, one filled with mental (and sometimes physical) adventures. The world revealing itself, human nature revealing itself, is seductive and startling, and that's always been fascinating enough to send words down my spine. Please join me on my travels. I'd enjoy the company."

Contact me or follow my posts here: www.dianeackerman.com, @dianesackerman, www.facebook.com/dianeackerman.aut



I thought the story was very moving and that the Zabinskis where very interseting people. I realize it is a true story but I wish it were written a little bit more like a novel and less like a History book. I would have liked to have heard more about this incredible family and the inhabitants of the villa rather than the events of the war, but at the end of the day I'm glad I read it.
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jskeltz | 192 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
After watching the movie, which I thought was excellent, I read the book, which I also thought was excellent, but not exactly what I thought it was going to be....just another historical novel.

This is actually a true story of the life of Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, written from the author's point of view, using Jan and Antonina's journals during World War II. It is evident that God must have placed them in just the right place to be able to hide and save hundreds of Jews from death. They also had the right temperament to pull it off.

A lot of research went into their story as the author seamlessly intertwined quotes from their journals and at the same time adding other stories in Warsaw as they unfolded. She also captured the family's love of animals so well. She personalized and gave life to this writing. You will even find a few family photos of Jan & Antonina. She did describe quite a few photos in the story that she had seen but weren't included in the book. I wonder where we can find those photos? If only all history could be told in this manner.

At the end of the book, the author lets you know what happens to Jan and Antonina, and her family, as well as a few other people, after the war. She was also able to travel back to Warsaw and see some of the damage that still remains today, and writes of how they have progressed in building back the city and capital of Poland.
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MissysBookshelf | 192 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 27, 2023 |
It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since I read A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. In her latest work The Human Age she talks about how much we have changed and shaped the world in just a short period of time. The change has indeed been vast and continues to accelerate. But one thing that hasn't changed is how wonderful Ackerman writes. I simply can not think of another author who waxes so poetic while writing about science. With each page I'm enthralled by both the beauty and brilliance of her words. By all means, read this book. And be prepared, to be not just richly educated, but totally amazed.… (lisätietoja)
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kevinkevbo | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 14, 2023 |
The full title of this book is The Zoo Keeper's Wife ( A War Story). The first part of the title is well in keeping with the kind of subject matter that has made me a long time favorite of Diane Ackerman. This is a true account of Jan & Antonia Zabinsky keepers of the Warsaw Zoo before Hitler and the Nazis invaded Poland. Once the invasion takes place the zoo is destroyed and most of the animals are either killed outright or shipped to German Zoos. The few remaining animals become household pets of the Zabinsky's villa which turns into a safe house for members of the Warsaw resistance. Ironically,with the horrific depravity of the War waging outside the zoo gates, taking care of the remaining animals is one of the few ways in which the characters are able to maintain their humanity.
The book went back & forth from the relative calmness of life at the zoo, to the horrors facing the people of the Warsaw ghetto.
And this is where I had a problem with the book. It's like Ackerman couldn't decide on whether she wanted to write a serious account of the Warsaw ghetto or a light and airy treatise on the antics of the animals inhabiting the Zabinsky villa. I often felt that the harrowing depictions of The Warsaw Ghetto immediately followed by some amusing anecdote about a tipsy hamster or a bunch crumb eating parakeets, trivialized what happened in the ghetto.
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kevinkevbo | 192 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 14, 2023 |



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