Insect Lives : Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World
Collection of unusual, dramatic and revealing writings about insects ranging through history from biblical times to today. Each selection is introduced and annotated with anecdotes and information about the writer and subject of the piece.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 152 x 229 x 24.38mm | 535g
- 30 Nov 2002
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, Mass, United States
- New edition
- New edition
- 31 halftones, 14 line illustrations
Human perspectives on insects lurch between fear and fascination. This collection displays the full spectrum of views, in writings by Aristotle, Darwin, Wordsworth, Thoreau, and many more. Most of the authors excerpted here are bug enthusiasts, and they portray the marvels of the insect world with evident joy. Alien creatures have overrun planet Earth. They wear skeletons on the outside, bite sideways, smell with antennae, taste with their feet, and breathe through holes in the sides of their bodies...They are the insects...Taken altogether, this collection delivers what Hoyt and Schultz promise in their introduction--'a sweeping tour of the human fascination with insects.' The result is mighty good reading. Eric Hoyt and Ted Schultz share their magnificent obsession in "Insect Lives," In a "tour de force" of popularization, they bring us the finest entomological writing of the past couple of millennia...An excellent, illuminating compendium whose breadth serves as praise both for the diversity and frequent weirdness of its subject and for the scholarship and dedication of its authors. This book includes more than 70 selections from the best and most entertaining writing penned about insects. It captures the entire range of our preoccupation with insects, from timeless passages from the Bible, Aristotle and 19th-century naturalists to the lyrical appreciations of famed poets, novelists and essayists; from the groundbreaking discoveries of 20th-century scientists to the observations of cutting-edge thinkers such as techno-guru, "Wired" magazine founder and longtime beekeeper Kevin Kelley; from hilariously hyperbolic science fiction screenplays to classic cartoons.