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    9781598534924 Hardcover FICTION / Crime On Sale Date: August 30, 2016
    $51.00 CAD 5.2 x 8.2 x 1.1 in | 1000 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      The definitive edition of an American master of crime fiction culminates with four modern classics. In Get Shorty, a Miami loan shark with an idea for a movie finds a way to break into Hollywood as a producer, the perfect setup for Elmore Leonard’s brilliantly satiric take on an industry he knew well. Rum Punch (filmed by Quentin Tarantino as Jackie Brown in 1997) shows an aging bail bondsman and an airline stewardess matching wits against lawmen and criminals alike. In Out of Sight, deputy U.S. marshal Karen Sisco and escaped bank robber Jack Foley find themselves thrust together in a highrisk fusion of violent adventure and unlikely romance; included as a special feature is “Karen Makes Out,” the story that introduced Sisco. The collection concludes with Tishomingo Blues, a kaleidoscopic story involving exhibition high divers, Civil War reenactors, and an unforgettable cast of gangsters and hustlers. This is Elmore Leonard at his unbeatable best.
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      The editor of this volume, Detroit native Gregg Sutter first met Elmore Leonard in 1979 and began working for him in 1981. He is currently at work on a biography of Leonard, from his unique perspective as his full-time researcher for more than thirty years.
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      9781598534924Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels: Get Shorty / Rum Punch / Out of Sight /Tishomingo BluesElmore Leonard HardcoverAug 30, 2016$51.00Library of America
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    Series: The Library of America
    Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Attebery
    9781598534931 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: September 06, 2016
    $45.00 CAD 5.3 x 8.1 x 1.1 in | 700 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      The Library of America inaugurates its Ursula K. Le Guin edition with this first-of-its-kind collection of the complete Orsinian cycle, restored to print for the first time in decades

      Before she upended the conventions of science fiction with such pathbreaking works as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin created the richly imagined world of Orsinia, a central European country that serves as a backdrop for her extraordinary extended meditation on the interplay of individual will and the forces of history. The provocative novel Malafrena (written in the 1950s, but not published until 1979) is set in the 1820s, as Orsinia, a small principality of the Habsburg Empire, is swept up in the currents of revolution and nationalism that will transform the western world. Its hero, the idealistic young patriot Itale Sorde, follows his passions from his ancestral estate Val Malafrena into a turbulent wider world in the country’s capital. Thirteen additional stories, including all those originally collected as Orsinian Tales (1976), range from the Middle Ages to the collapse of the communism in 1989 to enact a range personal dramas amid larger social and historical movements. Rounding out the collection are three poems, or songs, including “Folksong from the Montayna Province,” Le Guin’s first published work, which lend additional texture to the intricate Orsinian tapestry.

      Story Locale: imagined central European country

      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. This is the first volume of a multi-volume Library of America Ursula K. Le Guin edition.
      Bio
      Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of twenty novels, ten story collections, four volumes of translation, six volumes of poetry, four collections of essays, and thirteen books for children. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Awards Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

      Brian Attebery, editor, is professor of English at Idaho State University and editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in Arts. With Ursula K. Le Guin and Karen Jay Fowler he edited the Norton Book of Science Fiction.


      Author Residence: Portland, OR

      Author Hometown: Berkeley, CA
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      9781598530445Philip K. DickPhilip K Dick HardcoverAug 04, 2009$37.00LIBRARY OF AMERICA
      9781598531503Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962: Player Piano / The Sirens of Titan /Sidney Offit HardcoverApr 26, 2012$45.00Library of America
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      “Le Guin is a quintessentially American writer.”—Margaret Atwood

      “Le Guin helped shape my way of thinking about men and women, love and war. She remains a central figure for me.” —Michael Chabon
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    9781598535082 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Film On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $33.95 CAD 6 x 10 x 1 in | 864 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Library of America
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      Now in paperback, the Library of America’s acclaimed editiion of the incomparable film criticism of Pauline Kael

      “Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply,” Pauline Kael once observed, “just because you must use everything you are and everything you know.” Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New Yorker, Kael used those formidable tools to shape the tastes of a generation, enthralling readers with her gift for capturing, with force and fluency, the essence of an actor’s gesture or the full implication of a cinematic image. Kael called movies “the most total and encompassing art form we have,” and she made her reviews a platform for considering both film and the worlds it engages, crafting in the process a prose style of extraordinary wit, precision, and improvisatory grace. To read The Age of Movies, the first new selection in more than a generation, is to be swept up into an endlessly revealing and entertaining dialogue with Kael at her witty, exhilarating, and opinionated best. Her ability to evoke the essence of a great artist-an Orson Welles or a Robert Altman—or to celebrate the way even seeming trash could tap deeply into our emotions was matched by her unwavering eye for the scams and self-deceptions of a corrupt movie industry. Here in this career spanning collection are her appraisals of the films that defined an era-among them Breathless, Bonnie and Clyde, The Leopard, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, Nashville—along with many others, some awaiting rediscovery, all providing the occasion for masterpieces of observation and insight, alive on every page.
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      SANFORD SCHWARTZ, editor, writes for The New York Review of Books and is the author of critical biographies of the nineteenth-century Danish painter Christen Købke and the twentieth-century English artist William Nicholson.
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      9781598530223American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until NowPhillip Lopate PaperbackJan 10, 2008$26.50Library of America
      9781598531091The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline KaelPauline Kael HardcoverOct 27, 2011$42.00Library of America
      9781594204838Better Living Through CriticismA. O. Scott HardcoverFeb 09, 2016$36.00Penguin Press
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      “Pauline Kael was not only one of our greatest film critics, but one of our best nonfiction prose writers. Her range is on brilliant display in this thrilling collection, reminding us what all the excitement was and still is about.” —Phillip Lopate

      “Kael is easily the finest film critic yet to appear and already belongs among those critical writers whose aesthetic principles…comprise the undeclared philosophical wealth of the last three-quarters of a century.”—Clive James
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    Series: The Library of America
    John O'Hara: Stories John O'Hara, Charles McGrath
    9781598534979 Hardcover FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $51.00 CAD 5.2 x 8.1 x 1.1 in | 880 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      Library of America and editor Charles McGrath present a fresh selection of the compulsively readable stories of 20th-century American literature’s greatest social observer

      Possessing an unsurpassed eye for the telling social detail, John O’Hara was one of the great literary observers of twentieth-century America. Writing with equal insight about New York City, Hollywood, and the small-town Pennsylvania world where he grew up, O’Hara cultivated an unsentimental and often unsparing realism, aiming, he said, “to record the way people talked and thought and felt…with complete honesty.” Praised by contemporaries including Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker, he wrote about sex, drinking, and social class with a frankness that can seem astonishingly ahead of its time. The fiction he published in The New Yorker (247 stories, more than any other writer to this day) came to epitomize the kind of short story featured in that magazine, and his impeccable ear and skillful dialogue has influenced later writers such as Raymond Carver. Bringing together sixty stories written over four decades—the largest, most comprehensive collection of O’Hara’s stories ever published—former New York Times Book Review editor Charles McGrath provides a sensitive and authoritative curation of O’Hara’s achievement as one of American literature’s master storytellers. Gathered here are all of O’Hara’s finest shorter works, including “Imagine Kissing Pete,” a novella that follows a tumultuous marriage through its surprising twists and turns; “Bread Alone,” an unforgettable brief tale in which a Joe DiMaggio home run takes on a nearly magical significance for a father and son at Yankee Stadium; and “The Doctor’s Son,” the long story that stands, with Katherine Anne Porter’s “Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” among the most powerful literary treatments of the devastating 1918 flu pandemic in America.

      Story Locale: NYC, Hollywood, small-town Pennsylvania

      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. This is the first volume in the Library of America John O’Hara edition.
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      CHARLES MCGRATH, editor, is a former editor of The New York Times Book Review and former deputy editor of The New Yorker. He is currently a writer at large for The New York Times.
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    Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels Kurt Vonnegut, Sidney Offit
    9781598535099 Undefined FICTION / General On Sale Date: October 04, 2016
    $186.00 CAD 6.5 x 5.5 x 8.25 in | 3317 pages Carton Quantity: 2 Library of America
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      The ultimate Vonnegut: all 14 novels plus a selection of the best of his stories in a definitive collector’s boxed set

      The novels of Kurt Vonnegut defined a generation a remain among the most enduringly popular and influential works of the last century. Now, for the first time, they are available in a single collector’s edition, featuring authoritative annotated texts. This boxed set includes four Library of America volumes:

      Novels & Stories 1950-1962

      Player Piano

      The Sirens of Titan

      Mother Night

      Novels & Stories 1963-1973

      Cat’s Cradle

      God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

      Slaughterhouse-Five

      Breakfast of Champions

      Novels 1976-1985

      Slapstick

      Jailbird

      Deadeye Dick

      Galapagos

      Novels 1987-1997

      Bluebeard

      Hocus Pocus

      Timequake
      Bio
      Sidney Offit, editor, has written novels, books for young readers, and memoirs including, most recently, Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen. He was senior editor of Intellectual Digest, book editor of Politics Today, and contributing editor of Baseball Magazine. He wrote the foreword to Look at the Birdie, a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s unpublished short fiction.
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      9781598530490Philip K Dick Collection, ThePhilip K Dick Multiple copy packOct 06, 2009$126.00LIBRARY OF AMERICA
      9781598534641Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997: Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / TimequakeKurt Vonnegut HardcoverJan 19, 2016$45.00Library of America
      9781598533040Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1976–1985: Slapstick / Jailbird / Deadeye Dick / GalápagosKurt Vonnegut HardcoverMay 01, 2014$45.00Library of America
      9781598531503Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962: Player Piano / The Sirens of Titan /Sidney Offit HardcoverApr 26, 2012$45.00Library of America
      9781598530988Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963-1973: Cat's Cradle / Rosewater /Slaughterhouse-Five / Breakfast of ChampionsKurt Vonnegut HardcoverJun 02, 2011$51.00Library of America
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      “This is likely the most attractive edition of Vonnegut you’ll ever own.”—Locus Magazine
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    Series: The Library of America
    The Unknown Kerouac Jack Kerouac, Todd Tietchen, Jean-Christophe Cloutier
    9781598534986 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $45.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 504 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      A major literary event: a stunning collection of long lost, never-before-published, and newly translated writings by the legendary author of On the Road

      “I am French-Canadian, put into the world in New England. When I am mad, I often swear in French. When I dream, I often dream in French. When I cry I always cry in French.” The Library of America continues its acclaimed Kerouac edition with this remarkable gathering of previously unpublished writings, including two novellas originally written in the French-Canadian dialect joual. This unprecedented collection offers intimate glimpses of the growth of Kerouac’s mind and art, revealing him, for the first time, to have been essentially an immigrant writer, one whose extraordinary style emerged as a fusion his native and adopted languages. It opens with a series of early essays on Frank Sinatra and bebop that reveal Kerouac to have an acute observer of the postwar cultural scene. The newly translated novellas “The Night Is My Woman” (La Nuit est ma femme), from 1957—the last work he wrote before composing the On the Road scroll—and “Old Bull in the Bowery” (Sur le chemin)—an alternate version of On the Road written in five days in Mexico—provide missing links in Kerouac’s path to a wholly new style of storytelling. Also included is the pivotal 1951 journal in which Kerouac experiences the breakthrough that leads him to write On the Road, the late reflective works “Memory Babe” and “Beat Spotlight,” which offer detailed portraits of his youth and his struggle with fame; and a penetrating interview with his friend and fellow Beat John Clellon Holmes.

      Story Locale: New England

      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. This is the fourth volume in the Library of America Jack Kerouac edition.
      Bio
      TODD TIETCHEN, editor, is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and the author of The Cubalogues: Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana (2010). He edited Jack Kerouac’s The Haunted Life and Other Writings (2014) and, also for the Library of America, Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur (2015).

      Author Residence: Lowell, MA

      JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CLOUTIER, translator, is assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has edited a comprehensive collection of Kerouac's French-language writings entitled La vie est d'hommage.

      Illustrator Residence: Philadelphia, PA

      Illustrator Hometown: Beauport, Quebec
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      9781598530124Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960Jack Kerouac HardcoverSep 01, 2007$37.00Library of America
      9781598530469Raymond Carver: Collected StoriesRaymond Carver HardcoverAug 20, 2009$51.00Library of America
      9781598531930Jack Kerouac: Collected PoemsJack Kerouac HardcoverAug 30, 2012$51.00Library of America
      9781598531947Jack Kerouac: Collected PoemsJack Kerouac HardcoverAug 30, 2012$42.00Library of America
      9781598533743Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big SurJack Kerouac HardcoverMar 17, 2015$40.00Library of America
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    Reporting World War II: The 75th Anniversary Edition Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel, Roger J. Spiller
    9781598535105 Undefined HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: October 11, 2016
    $85.00 CAD 5.4 x 8.6 x 2.8 in | 1882 pages Carton Quantity: 6 Library of America
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      This deluxe two-volume collector’s boxed set captures a world at war as seen through the eyes of a generation’s greatest reporters.

      Released to mark the 75th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War II, this Library of America two-volume boxed set gather the acclaimed collection that evokes an extraordinary period in American history—and in American journalism. In two authoritative Library of America volumes, nearly 200 pieces by 80 writers record events from Munich to the birth of the nuclear age. Included are reports by William L. Shirer, Edward R. Murrow, Martha Gellhorn, Ernie Pyle, Margaret Bourke-White, and scores of other of the era’s great journalists, as well as the complete texts of two books: Bill Mauldin’s Up Front, the classic evocation of war from the GI’s point of view, complete with his famous cartoons, and Hiroshima, John Hersey’s compassionate account of the first atomic bombing and its aftermath. Each volume contains a chronology, maps, biographical profiles, notes and a glossary, and 32 pages of photographs.
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      The editorial advisory board for Reporting World War II includes Samuel Hynes and Anne Matthews of Princeton University, writer Nancy Caldwell Sorel, and Roger J. Spiller, Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
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      9781598532197Reporting Civil Rights: the Library of America EditionClayborne Carson UndefinedJul 11, 2013$100.00Library of America
      9781883011048Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938-1944Samuel Hynes HardcoverSep 01, 1995$43.50Library of America
      9781883011055Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1944-1946Samuel Hynes HardcoverSep 01, 1995$42.00Library of America
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      “It is a measure of how well they succeeded that, a half century later, the war comes alive again in these pages.” —The Washington Post

      “The reporters are fearless, unpretentious, professional, vivid, and smart.”—The New Yorker
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    Series: The Library of America
    Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs Albert Murray, Henry Gates Jr., Paul Devlin
    9781598535037 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American On Sale Date: October 18, 2016
    $58.00 CAD 5.1 x 8.2 x 1.3 in | 1072 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Library of America
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      In his 1970 classic The Omni-Americans, Albert Murray (1916–2013) took aim at protest writers and social scientists who accentuated the “pathology” of race in American life. Against narratives of marginalization and victimhood, Murray argued that black art and culture, particularly jazz and blues, stand at the very headwaters of the American mainstream, and that much of what is best in American art embodies the “blues-hero tradition”— a heritage of grace, wit, and inspired improvisation in the face of adversity. Murray went on to refine these ideas in The Blue Devils of Nada and From the Briarpatch File, and all three landmark collections of essays are gathered here for the first time, together with Murray’s memoir South to a Very Old Place, his brilliant lecture series The Hero and the Blues, his masterpiece of jazz criticism Stomping the Blues, and eight previously uncollected pieces.
      Bio
      Henry Louis Gates Jr., co-editor, is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Gates has authored or coauthored twenty-one books and created fifteen documentary films. He is the editor of two other volumes in the Library of America series, Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies and, with William L. Andrews, Slave Narratives.

      Paul Devlin, co-editor, teaches English at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and has published essays and criticism in many periodicals. He is the editor of Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues (2016) and Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, as told to Albert Murray (2011), a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association’s book award.
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      9781598535037Albert Murray: Collected Essays & MemoirsAlbert Murray HardcoverOct 18, 2016$58.00Library of America
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      "Albert Murray's best nonfiction has been gathered in a plump and welcome volume from the Library of America. . . . His writing about racism can prickle your skin. . . . To paraphrase Murray's praise of Ellison's Invisible Man, reading this book is like watching someone take a 12-bar blues song and score it for a full orchestra." — Dwight Garner, The New York Times
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    Series: The Library of America
    Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos Loren Eiseley, William Cronon
    9781598535051 Undefined SCIENCE / Essays On Sale Date: November 15, 2016
    $90.00 CAD 5.41 x 8.52 x 2.4 in | 1066 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      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.

      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, and beginning with the surprise million copy seller The Immense Journey (1957) he produced 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 The Immense Journey to the 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. This two-volume boxed set comprises the Library of America Loren Eiseley edition.
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      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
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      9781883011246John Muir: Nature WritingsJohn Muir HardcoverApr 22, 1997$45.00Library of America
      9781598530209American Earth: Environmental Writing Since ThoreauBill McKibben HardcoverApr 17, 2008$46.00Library of America
      9781598532067Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and EcologyAldo Leopold HardcoverMar 21, 2013$51.00Library of America
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      “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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    Series: The Library of America
    Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Vol. I Loren Eiseley, William Cronon
    9781598535068 Hardcover SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects On Sale Date: November 15, 2016
    $45.00 CAD 5.1 x 8.2 x 1 in | 528 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Library of America
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      An eminent paleontologist with the soul and skill of a poet, Loren Eiseley (1907–1977) was among the twentieth 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, Eiseley turned late in life to the personal essay, and beginning with the surprise million-copy seller The Immense Journey (1957) he produced an astonishing succession of books that won acclaim both as science and as art. Now for the first time, the Library of America presents his landmark essay collections in a definitive two-volume set.

      This first volume begins with Eiseley’s debut collection, which displays his far-reaching knowledge and boundless curiosity about the mysteries of the natural world. Here are vivid accounts of prehistoric ecosystems, the origins of consciousness, the search for “living fossils” at the bottom of the sea, and the complexities of our evolutionary inheritance. Here too are literary qualities and aspirations that led many to hail Eiseley as a “modern Thoreau”: his quest for the ultimate meanings and cosmological significance of natural phenomena, along with his immense expressive gifts. 

      The Firmament of Time
      (1960), a lyrical and meditative tour de force, looks back at the many ways in which the sciences have been shaped by the changing cultures in which they developed. Examining the role of metaphor in scientific thought, anticipations of scientific discoveries in the works of poets and novelists, and the “unconscious conformity” of scientific theory to prevailing orthodoxies, Eiseley argues provocatively for the ongoing relevance to scientific progress of dreams, the imagination, and the irrational.

      In his wide-ranging collection The Unexpected Universe (1969), Eiseley turns to the theme of the voyage of discovery: accounts of the mythical and historic journeys of Odysseus, Captain Cook, and Darwin frame his own more modest wanderings in the environs of Philadelphia. Sometimes he travels no farther than the local dump: and yet, like Homer’s hero or these great explorers, he continually finds a universe “not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” 

      As an added feature, this volume presents a selection of Eiseley’s uncollected prose, including early autobiographical sketches, vivid and haunting entries from his private notebooks, and his 1957 lecture “Neanderthal Man and the Dawn of Human Paleontology.”

      A companion volume presents The Invisible Pyramid (1970), The Night Country (1971), and the essays gathered after his death in The Star Thrower (1978).
      Bio
      William Cronon, editor, is 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 currently serves as Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


      From the Boxed Set edition.
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      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781598535068Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Vol. ILoren Eiseley HardcoverNov 15, 2016$45.00Library of America
    • Awards & Reviews

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      “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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