Farewell Thou Busy World

Farewell Thou Busy World

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"Sooner or later most men find themselves groaning under the weight of civilization; yearning to escape the ambitions, obligations, and repressions of human society. They find themselves searching for something that was lost when their ancestors abandoned the wilderness to the animals. When opportunity comes they instinctively return to their homeland of an eon ago, and in an animal's world seek the peace their own world withholds."-from Farewell Thou Busy World Bradley, who was the publisher of Ginn & Co., wrote Farewell Thou Busy World in 1935 as a loving elegy for a natural world and an American West that he saw rapidly disappearing. Without rancor, without strident advocacy, he simply provides a wonderful window into nature that lured him from the world of business and anxiety and back into the wild. Farewell Thou Busy World may be one of the most loving and elegantly written nature books ever produced.
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  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 119.6 x 179.1 x 15.7mm | 213.99g
  • Derrydale Press
  • Missoula, United States
  • English
  • 7
  • 1586670131
  • 9781586670139

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In an era where people are looking to simplify their increasingly and unrelentingly busy lives, Fred Rice offers Farewell Thou Busy World, a collection of essays written by his grandfather John Hodgdon Bradley in 1935 that are as meaningful today as they were then. Publishers Weekly John Bradley presents Farewell Thou Busy World as his elegy to nature and the American West he saw disappearing in the early 20th century. Bradley tells how nature lured him away from the stress of the modern world. -- Kate Bailey Mountain Living Bradley, a publisher, wrote this loving paean to California's flora and fauna in 1935. Feeling himself "groaning under the weight of civilization," as he describes it, he essentially chucked it all and lived a quiet life communing with nature. Derrydale's reprint features a new foreword by Bradley's grandson, who provides some insights into the author as well as describing the area as it stands today - thanks to conservation efforts, parts of the land are miraculously still unspoiled. Library Journal Derrydale's facsimile reprint is doubly welcome...and Fred Rice's foreword is just another reason to investigate a book that describes a wilderness then only 10 miles from downtown Hollywood. -- Lee Milazzo The Dallas Morning News
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About John Bradley

The late John Hodgdon Bradley was an avid outdoorsman and was a friend of such outdoor luminaries as Dan Baily. He was published widely in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Field & Stream, and others. Fred Rice is John Hodgdon Bradley's grandson. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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