The Peter Matthiessen Reader : Nonfiction 1959-1991 (Paperback)

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Perhaps no writer has better articulated our relationship to the environment than Peter Matthiessen. From Wildlife in America to Men's Lives, his work has captured the wonder of the natural world -- and the horrors of resource exploitation, with its violent effects on traditional peoples and the poor.

In The Peter Matthiessen Reader, editor McKay Jenkins presents a single-volume collection of this distinguished author's nonfiction. Here are essays and excerpts that highlight the spiritual, literary, and political daring so crucial to Matthiessen's vision. Matthiessen chronicles his 250-mile trek across the Himalaya to the Tibetan Plateau in a selection from the National Book Award winner The Snow Leopard. Wild peoples, wilderness, and wildlife -- common themes throughout Matthiessen's oeuvre -- are examined with grace and power in The Tree Where Man Was Born. Here too are excerpts from Indian Country and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Matthiessen's stunning expose of the Leonard Peltier case and the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the American Indian Movement. Comprehensive and engrossing, The Peter Matthiessen Reader celebrates an American voice unequaled in its commitment to literature's noblest aspiration: to challenge us to perceive our world -- as well as ourselves -- truthfully and clearly.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375702723
SKU 30532929
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375702725
Release Date 4/14/2014
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
Author Info
Peter Matthiessen
A "New Yorker by birth, not inclination" Peter Matthiessen broke with his wealthy Connecticut roots and Ivy League education to become a writer famous for adventures on all five continents, and his numerous nonfiction books and novels show a deep affinity for nature, exotic locales, and native cultures. After graduating from Yale, Matthiessen published several novels and was one of the founders of The Paris Review in 1953. However, his breakout work was his National Book Award-winning THE SNOW LEOPARD (1978), a memoir about an expedition in the Himalayas filled with ruminations on Zen Buddhism on the death of his second wife. IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE (1983), a defiant book accusing the FBI of falsely convicting Leonard Peltier for murder, led to a libel lawsuit by an FBI agent and the governor of South Dakota that prevented the book from being published in paperback for over a decade. Beginning in 1990 with KILLING MISTER WILSON, Matthiessen has published a trilogy about Edgar J. Wilson, a pioneer, murderer, and legend of the Florida Everglades. SHADOW COUNTRY, a revision of this epic trilogy, was nominated for the 2008 National Book Award.
Praise
"A collection that reaffirms Matthiessen's unshakable conviction that the earth's beauty and mystery are not to be trifled or tinkered with to gratify our greed or hubris."
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Annotation This selection includes portions of 13 of Peter Matthiessen's books, including WILDLIFE IN AMERICA, IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE, MEN'S LIVES, and AFRICAN SILENCES.
Editors Note A collection of writings by the distinguished author and naturalist encompasses selections from the National Book Award-winner The Snow Leopard, The Tree Where Man Was Born, Indian Country, and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. Original. 20,000 first printing.

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