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Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth


By (author) William Bryant Logan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 15mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039332947X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393329476
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 201,277

Product description

"You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about." So begins the book that brings mystery and magic to "that stuff that won't come off your collar". Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing and the microscopic biota that till the soil. Whether Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or ploughing through our planet's crust, his delightful, elegant and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of "dirt", that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

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Author information

WILLIAM BRYANT LOGAN previously wrote a column in The New York Times and contributed to numerous magazines. He is the author of the "wise and excellent" (The Times Literary Supplement), "extraordinary little book" (Literary Review), Oak (ISBN 987 0 393 32778 6).

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"Logan displays a precision of language that would be envied by any poet." The Independent"