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Donald Culross Peattie

Donald Culross Peattie (1898–1964) was one of the most influential American nature writers of the twentieth century. Peattie was born in Chicago and grew up in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, which sparked his interest in the immense wonders of nature. He studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. After working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he decided to pursue a career as a writer. In 1925 he became a nature columnist for the Washington Star and went on to pen more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books over the next five decades. Widely acclaimed and popular in his day, Peattie's work has inspired a modern age of nature writing.

An Almanac for Moderns

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. An Almanac for Moderns contains a short essay for each day of the year that contemplates a unique but factual aspect of unbridled nature. According to a review in the Nation, this collection of essays manages to “appeal to the ordinary lover of nature . . . but the turn...

A Book of Hours

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. A Book of Hours contains twenty-four essays, one for each hour of the day, that seek to bridge the gap between definitive scientific philosophy and the beauty that Donald Culross Peattie envisioned in everyday life. The Boston Transcript referred to this collection as...

Cargoes and Harvests

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. Originally published in 1926, Cargoes and Harvests takes readers on a compelling adventure through the socioeconomic histories of staples such as tea, coffee, cocoa, potatoes, and tobacco. Starting with the seeds and roots of the American landscape, Peattie illustrates...

Diversions of the Field

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. The essays in Diversions of the Field tackle the subjects of hunting, fishing, game animals, and wildlife in different regions of the country. The Atlantic called the collection “a refreshing animal book,” and the New York Times said it was “written by a naturalist, who...

Flowering Earth

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. In Flowering Earth Peattie explores the origin and significance of plant life with an unmatched sense of astonishment and reflection. According to the New York Times, his prose in this extraordinary work “is pervaded by a continuous sense of beauty and illuminative...

A Gathering of Birds

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. A Gathering of Birds is an anthology of selected prose about birds by nineteen writers, among them Hudson, Audubon, and Thoreau, and includes brief biographical information about each. The New York Times called the book “a delightful ‘gathering’ that Mr. Peattie has...

Green Laurels

One in a series of reissues that have been out-of-print for decades by one of the most-loved naturalists of all time. In Green Laurels, Donald Culross Peattie combines his extensive knowledge of history's foremost naturalists with his personal observations about the subject to form what the New York Herald Tribune called "a delightful book...one would not wish to miss on any account." This...

A Natural History of North American Trees

One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. "A volume for a lifetime" is how the New Yorker described the first of Donald Culross Peattie's two books about American trees published in the 1950s. In this one-volume edition, modern readers are introduced to one of the best nature writers of the last century. As we...

The Road of a Naturalist

The Road of a Naturalist is a fascinating autobiographical wonder written by one of America's most beloved naturalists at the height of his fame. A scientist, a philosopher, and a poet, Donald Culross Peattie takes us on an confessional journey across the landscape of his life. Told in flashbacks of years past and interspersed with impressions of a journey by motorcar across the American...

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