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Wendell Berry

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About the Author

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, näytä lisää before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

Jayber Crow (2000) 1,729 kappaletta
Hannah Coulter (2004) 1,120 kappaletta
What Are People For? (1990) 948 kappaletta
The Memory of Old Jack (1974) 598 kappaletta
A Place on Earth: A Novel (1982) 501 kappaletta
Fidelity: Five Stories (1992) 475 kappaletta
A Timbered Choir (1998) 457 kappaletta
Home Economics (1987) 390 kappaletta
Nathan Coulter (1960) 374 kappaletta
A World Lost (1996) 301 kappaletta
Remembering (1990) 293 kappaletta
Standing by Words: Essays (1983) 289 kappaletta
Andy Catlett: Early Travels (2006) 286 kappaletta
The Hidden Wound (1970) 278 kappaletta
Citizenship Papers: Essays (2003) 272 kappaletta
New Collected Poems (2012) 242 kappaletta
Given: Poems (2005) 225 kappaletta
Another Turn of the Crank (1995) 201 kappaletta
Our Only World: Ten Essays (2015) 188 kappaletta
Leavings: Poems (2009) 162 kappaletta
Farming: A Hand Book (1971) 161 kappaletta
Watch with Me (1994) 155 kappaletta
The Country of Marriage (1973) 137 kappaletta
Recollected Essays (1981) 116 kappaletta
Sabbaths (1987) 115 kappaletta
The Long-Legged House (1971) 113 kappaletta
Entries (1997) 103 kappaletta
Imagination in Place (2010) 103 kappaletta
A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 (2016) 91 kappaletta
The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) 89 kappaletta
Window Poems (2007) 69 kappaletta
Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry (2014) 58 kappaletta
Clearing (1977) 57 kappaletta
The Farm (1995) 51 kappaletta
Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work (1990) 51 kappaletta
Traveling at Home (1988) 49 kappaletta
The Wheel (1982) 47 kappaletta
A Part (Part Paper) (1980) 45 kappaletta
Stand By Me (2019) 27 kappaletta
Sayings & doings (1975) 13 kappaletta
Gift of Gravity (1979) 12 kappaletta
The broken ground; poems (1964) 11 kappaletta
The Salad (1980) 10 kappaletta
The Discovery of Kentucky (1991) 10 kappaletta
Standing on Earth (1993) 8 kappaletta
A Consent (1993) 8 kappaletta
Sonata at Payne Hollow: A play (2001) 8 kappaletta
Sabbaths 1987 (1787) 6 kappaletta
Sabbaths 2002 6 kappaletta
The Loss of the University (2013) 5 kappaletta
Findings (1969) 5 kappaletta
Remembering (Doing Good) (2008) 5 kappaletta
Sabbaths 2006 (2008) 5 kappaletta
The Cumberlands (2006) 4 kappaletta
Sabbaths 2013 4 kappaletta
Sabbaths, 1987-90 (1992) 4 kappaletta
To What Listens (1975) 4 kappaletta
The Work of Local Culture (1988) 3 kappaletta
Sabbaths 2016 3 kappaletta
Daily Bread (2008) 3 kappaletta
Natural Gifts (2008) 3 kappaletta
The landscape of harmony (1987) 3 kappaletta
One of Us 2 kappaletta
THERE IS SINGING AROUND ME (1976) 2 kappaletta
An Eastward look 2 kappaletta
Three memorial poems (1977) 2 kappaletta
Hannah & Nathan (2006) 2 kappaletta
Horses: [a poem] 2 kappaletta
A Rainbow 1 kappale
How It Went 1 kappale
Amish economy (1996) 1 kappale
Place On Earth - Revision (1995) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Avustaja — 1,342 kappaletta
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Avustaja — 405 kappaletta
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Avustaja — 383 kappaletta
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Avustaja — 319 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993) — Avustaja — 269 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 228 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2000 (2000) — Avustaja — 209 kappaletta
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 (2009) — Avustaja, eräät painokset180 kappaletta
Lost Mountain (2006) — Johdanto — 176 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019) — Avustaja — 171 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 170 kappaletta
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (2013) — Avustaja — 125 kappaletta
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 96 kappaletta
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 84 kappaletta
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Avustaja — 80 kappaletta
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America's Food Supply (2004) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset47 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2009: The Year's Best (2009) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food (2012) — Esipuhe — 27 kappaletta
Missing Mountains: We went to the mountaintop but it wasn't there (2005) — Afterword & Contributor — 25 kappaletta
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1993 (1993) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf (2004) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics (2012) — Avustaja, eräät painokset18 kappaletta
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Every man an artist : readings in the traditional philosophy of art (2005) — Avustaja, eräät painokset10 kappaletta
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1970) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
An Economics of Peace — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Place in American Fiction: Excursions and Explorations (2005) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
New world Writing 21 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Kayak 8 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Whole Earth Review #66 (Spr. 1990) (1990) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Sunstone - Vol. 11:4, Issue 60, July 1987 (1987) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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This essay collection is ordered into 3 sections - the first includes a couple of poems, which I couldn't have cared less about. The second includes book reviews, etc., that reference other people's work. While these had interesting thoughts in them, I imagine readers would be better pleased if they were familiar with the books and authors discussed.

The last section is an assortment of stand-alone essays, and these are what I really liked most.

I've recorded so many good quotes related to education, work, economics, environmentalism, community, etc.

It's definitely worth a read!

Note: There is some mild, infrequent profanity.
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RachelRachelRachel | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |
Wonderful and real novel about death.
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Hoyacane | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 5, 2023 |
I picked up a book because a friend thinks Wendell Berry is the best. I can't speak to that, but it took me a couple of years to plod through this book. The writing in the essays isn't bad, per se, just pretty dense. I'm not sure who it was written for: academics? ag policy wonks? passionate students who need some realism? Certainly not for me, but perhaps it's because I've spent my whole live knowing most of the problems detailed herein. Who doesn't know that agribusiness completely ignores the means to rebuild the soil, find a balance with insects, grow healthy food without pesticides, allow farmers to earn a decent living? And for those who don't, I'm not sure they'll be convinced by quoting an early 1900's farmer, or lines from Spenser's "The Faierie Queene". OK, this review is biased because I've forgotten what was included in the 1st part of the book, it's been so long since I read that. His discussion of 7 Amish farms might still be persuasive.… (lisätietoja)
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juniperSun | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 12, 2023 |
Summary: A collection of essays representing a cross-section on Berry’s critique of America’s consumptive culture as well as his ideas on good agriculture.

I suspect I am not the only one who thinks that all of Wendell Berry’s essays are just variations on a theme. But two things make “variations on a theme” either banale or briliant–the beauty of the theme and the skill of the composer. In the case of Berry, the theme is the utterly essential theme of living well in our place–our own patch of land, our community, our country, our planet. The variations include the disciplines that have shaped how we live in our place, the need to think little and local, the illusions of our industrial dreams, and the value of literacy and the importance of the language that we use.

The main entrée of the collection is an eleven part extended essay titled “Discipline and Hope.” Berry considers the various expressions of the industrial, exploitive disciplines of our technology–our focus on efficiency, consumption, the ways we abstract from the practical realities of the land. He contrasts our linear vision of progress with the cycles of birth, growth, fruit, decline, and death by which the earth is renewed each year. He calls for us to embrace at-one-ment.

He lays the basis for this in his opening essay, “A Secular Pilgrimage,” observing the seeming hatred of the creation by those professing belief in the Creator of all things, contrasting it with the testimony of “secular” nature poets who viewed the world with awe. This is followed by the appetizer of “Absence and Return,” in which he describes returning home from the West Coast and the renewed awareness as he walks his land that “everything is supposedly named and numbered and priced, are unlikely to know what lies out of sight of the paved roads.” Then we have a “sweet” essay paying tribute to another of those nature poets, William Carlos Williams, whose work he describes as “a sustained and intricate act of patriotism in the largest sense of that word.”

The final two appetizers offer complementary tastes, perhaps salad dishes, around the idea of thinking local in “The Regional Motive” and “Think Little.” The latter essay first appeared in The Last Whole Earth Catalog and challenges the slogan to “Think Big.” He contends that while we are organizing trash cleanups, we need to pick some up ourselves, turn off lights, lower the thermostat, and refuse to buy the latest electric gadget, and grow some of your own food. “The Regional Motive” challenges our nomadic drive with one that stays home and lives in a way that preserves land for those who follow us.

Following the main essay, Berry offers two desserts that leave the taste of the whole meal with us. One, “In Defense of Literacy” argues for the practicality of literacy and the awareness of the importance of the words we use to describe what Charles Taylor calls our “social imaginary.” The other, “Mayhem in the Industrial Paradise” illustrates with the strip mining of Kentucky the philosophy playing out throughout the country of narrow measures of efficiency and profit that do not account for the people displaced, the soil polluted, the rivers ruined that cost as much or more to restore as the profits of the companies who inflicted these losses without requiring them to repay.

What is served up here is a wholesome country meal of Wendell Berry essays. Admittedly, some of the cultural references are dated, but people have turned up their noses to the hearty meal, preferring industrial fast food, as it were, to the wholesome messages in these essays. So, while the cultural references are dated, the underlying truths are not, and if anything, more desperately needed today. Everyone is still looking for technological fixes to our climate crisis that will allow us to preserve our consumptive lives. We have not heard Wendell Berry’s message calling us to a different way of living in our world, to a wholesome feast that is in “continuious harmony” with the life of our world.
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