The Great Chain of Life

The Great Chain of Life

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Originally published in 1956, The Great Chain of Life brings a humanistOCOs keen eye and ear to one of the great questions of the ages: OC What am I?OCO A scholar of literature and theater, toward the end of his career Joseph Wood Krutch turned to the study of the natural world. Bringing his keen intellect to bear on the places around him, Krutch crafted some of the most memorable and important works of nature writing extant. Whether anticipating the arguments of biologists who now ascribe high levels of cognition to the so-called lower animals, recognizing the importance of nature for a well-lived life, or seeing nature as an elaborately interconnected, interdependent network, KrutchOCOs seminal work contains lessons just as resonant today as they were when the book was first written. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful woodcuts by Paul Landacre, an all-but-lost yet important Los Angeles artist whom Rockwell Kent called OC the best American wood engraver working, OCO The Great Chain of Life will be cherished by new generations of readersshow more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 247 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587298805
  • 9781587298806

About Joseph Wood Krutch

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) was the Brander Matthews Chair of Dramatic Literature at Columbia University for two decades and served as the" Nation"'s drama critic for nearly thirty years. A Burroughs Medal laureate, Krutch published more than a dozen books. Paul Landacre was a Los Angeles artist, a member of the National Academy of Design, and teacher at the University of Southern California, the Otis Art Institute, and the Kahl Institute.show more

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"An endearing voice on the subject of natural history and environmental conservation. Joseph Wood Krutch's firsthand observations of nature, mixed with insightful musings based on what man knew of the world by the 1950s, make for fascinating and enlightening reading."--James Prosek, author, "Trout: An Illustrated History" and "The Day My Mother Left"show more

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