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Manguel, Alberto, Ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, Et A Listings

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1 Manguel, Alberto, ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, et a BY THE LIGHT OF THE GLOW-WORM LAMP: THREE CENTURIES OF RELFECTIONS ON NATURE.
Plenum Trade, New York, 1998, first edition. 
373 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0306459914 "(This book) represents the best of the nature-writing genre in over three dozen works from the past three centuries. Echoing the pastoral lyrics of Theocritus and Virgil, n ature writing crosses the Middle Ages and Renaissance under changing guises, and comes into its own, first during the Romantic era and then in the nineteenth century when Charles Darwin burst onto the scene. Today, the genre has been reviv e d b y a w ide and diverse group of imaginative writers - scientists, naturalists, and adventurers among them. Alberto Manguel, a great reader and literary connoisseur, serves as our guide. First outlining a 'literary' history of nature writin g, h e h as or g an ized this anthology into four sections: Landscape, Birds, Beasts, and Insects and Fish. He has included authors who did not train as scientists (D.H. Lawrence and Vladimir Nabokov). There are zoologists (John James Audubon) , c ons er vat ion i sts ( Rac hel Carson), the great classic figures (Charles Darwin and J.H. Fabre), and well-known contemporary writers (Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez). A cornucopia of the marvelous and the earthbound, (it) wil l ta ke i ts plac e al on gsid e t he m ore popular prose anthologies of our time." Minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
2 Manguel, Alberto. STEVENSON UNDER THE PALM TREES.
Thomas Allen, Toronto, 2003, Ist Canadian edition. 
97 pp + notes, 7 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0887621384 B&w woodcuts by Robert Louis Stevenson. "....a story of mystery, murder, and the passion of an artist. Centering on Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous creator of 'Treasure Islan d' and 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Manguel paints a portrait of the writer's final days on the island of Samoa. Fighting the consumption wracking his body, Stevenson has moved with his family to the the South Seas to esc a p e t h e c o ld climate of his native Scotland. He is embraced by the Samoan people, nicknamed 'Tusitala', 'the teller of tales', and he spends his life quietly writing. But one day he encounters a strange man with a familiar Scottish brogue, a m is s io na ry wi th crazed ideas and the ability to mysteriously disappear. Peculiar things begin to occur on the island and Stevenson finds himself caught in the middle of a series of inexplicable crimes. Exploring themes of duality and t he inf lue nc e o ur dre a ms hav e on reality, Manguel has crafted a wicked tale about the nature of creation that demonstrates he is a master of the novella form...." Dust jacket has previous owner's decorative bird sticker over price label on fr ont fla p, m ino r wr ink le a t top /bot tom of spine. Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 

 


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