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Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Vol. I
The Immense Journey, The Firmament of Time, The Unexpected Universe, Uncollected Writings
By (author): Loren Eiseley Edited by: William Cronon
9781598535068 Hardcover English General Trade SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects Nov 15, 2016
$45.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 8.2 x 1 in 528 pages Library of America
For the first time, the collected essays of a uniquely elegant science and nature writer: profound, intimate reflections on evolution and other wonders of the natural world in the tradition of Thoreau, Darwin, and Muir. Second of two volumes.

An eminent paleontologist with the soul and skill of a poet, Loren Eiseley (1907-1977) was among the 20th-century’s greatest inheritors of the literary tradition of Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, and John Muir, and a precursor to such later writers as Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Carl Sagan. After decades of fieldwork and discovery as a “bone-hunter” and professor, he turned, late in life, to the personal essay, producing an astonishing succession of books that won acclaim both as science and as art. Here, for the first time in a single edition, are all of Eiseley’s beloved, thought-provoking, meditative, sometimes darkly lyrical essay collections, from his surprise bestseller The Immense Journey (1957) to his posthumous The Star Thrower (1978). Eiseley’s subjects are wide-ranging, curious, and meticulously realized: the role of flowering plants in evolution; a disturbing insect, seen in childhood; the questions raised by a new fossil; a forgotten episode in the history of science. Beginning with fact and vivid detail, Eiseley is fearless in pursuit of the cosmological dimensions of the phenomena he describes: he is a writer one cannot encounter without a renewed sense of wonder.

Series Overview: The Library of America series includes more than 275 volumes, each featuring authoritative, unabridged texts, a chronology, detailed notes, and a brief textual essay. These are the first two volumes in the Library of America Loren Eiseley edition.

First comprehensive collection of the essays of a major American science writer, complete in a two-volume boxed set

Huge Value: It would cost $114.75 to assemble the contents of this collection in paperback, $45 more than this deluxe collector’s edition

WILLIAM CRONON, editor, is Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and America’s leading environmental historian. A winner of the MacArthur Fellowship, he is the author of Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (1983) and Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (1991) and the editor, also for the Library of America, of John Muir: Nature Writings.

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Author Website: www.eiseley.org

“Loren Eiseley’s work changed my life.” —Ray Bradbury


“As captivating as today’s best-known science writers might be, no one has ever managed to make the pursuit of knowledge feel more soulful or more immediate than Loren Eiseley did in the essays and books he published in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.” —Ben Cosgrove, The Daily Beast


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