The “Nature Essay” Is My Favorite Type of Non-fiction. Nothing Beats It for Beauty & Social Awareness. Here’s a Great Anthology: The Norton Book of Nature Writing, 1990, TOC

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INTRODUCTION

GILBERT WHITE (1720–1793)

      1. From The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

HECTOR ST. JOHN DE CRÈVECOEUR (1735–1813)

      1. From Letters from an American Farmer
      2. From Sketches of Eighteenth century America

WILLIAM BARTRAM (1739–1823)

      1. From Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida

ALEXANDER WILSON (1766–1813)

      1. From American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States

JOHN LEONARD KNAPP (1767–1845)

      1. From The Journal of a Naturalist

DAVID THOMPSON (1770–1857)

      1. From David Thompson’s Narrative of His Explorations in Western America, 1784–1812

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH (1771–1855)

      1. From Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth

MERIWETHER LEWIS (1774–1809)

      1. From The Journals of Lewis and Clark

CHARLES WATERTON (1782–1865)

      1. From Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States, and the Antilles

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785–1851)

      1. From Ornithological Biography

JOHN CLARE (1793–1864)

      1. The Natural World
      2. From The Natural History Prose Writings of John Clare

GEORGE CATLIN (1796–1872)

      1. From Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians . . .

RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803–1882)

      1. From Nature
      2. From The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson

CHARLES DARWIN (1809–1882)

      1. From Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
      2. From On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
      3. From The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

SUSAN FENIMORE COOPER (1813–1894)

      1. From Rural Hours

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817–1862)

      1. From A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
      2. From Walden: or, Life in the Woods
      3. Walking
      4. From The Maine Woods
      5. From Journals

CHARLES KINGSLEY (1819–1875)

      1. From Glaucus; or, The Wonders of the Shore

WALT WHITMAN (1819–1892)

      1. From Specimen Days and Collect

JOHN WESLEY POWELL (1834–1902)

      1. From Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries

SAMUEL CLEMENS (1835–1910)

      1. From Life on the Mississippi

CELIA THAXTER (1835–1894)

      1. From An Island Garden

JOHN BURROUGHS (1837–1921)

      1. In Mammoth Cave

JOHN MUIR (1838–1914)

      1. A Wind-Storm in the Forests
      2. The Water-Ouzel

W. H. HUDSON (1841–1922)

      1. My Friend the Pig
      2. From Idle Days in Patagonia

CLARENCE KING (1842–1901)

      1. From Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS (1844–1889)

      1. From Notebooks and Papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins

RICHARD JEFFERIES (1848–1887)

      1. Out of Doors in February
      2. Absence of Design in Nature

MABEL OSGOOD WRIGHT (1859–1934)

      1. The Story of a Garden

ERNEST THOMPSON SETON (1860–1946)

      1. From Wild Animals I Have Known

GENE STRATTON PORTER (1863–1924)

      1. From Moths of the Limberlost

MARY AUSTIN (1868–1934)

      1. The Land of Little Rain

LUTHER STANDING BEAR (1868–1939)

      1. Nature

EDWARD THOMAS (1878–1917)

      1. Hampshire
      2. The End of Summer

ROCKWELL KENT (1882–1971)

      1. From N by E

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941)

      1. The Death of the Moth

ISAK DINESEN (1885–1962)

      1. From Out of Africa

D. H. LAWRENCE (1885–1930)

      1. Flowery Tuscany

E. L. GRANT WATSON (1885–1970)

      1. Unknown Eros
      2. Wave and Cliff

HENRY BESTON (1888–1968)

      1. From The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

ALDO LEOPOLD (1888–1948)

      1. From A Sand County Almanac

JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH (1893–1970)

      1. Love in the Desert

HENRY WILLIAMSON (1895–1977)

      1. From Tarka the Otter

DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE (1898–1964)

      1. From An Almanac for Moderns

VLADIMIR NABOKOV (1899–1977)

      1. Butterflies

SIGURD OLSON (1899–1982)

      1. Northern Lights

EDWIN WAY TEALE (1899–1980)

      1. The Lost Woods

E. B. WHITE (1899–1985)

      1. A Slight Sound at Evening

MERIDEL LESUEUR (1900–1996)

      1. The Ancient People and the Newly Come

RENÉ DUBOS (1901–1982)

      1. A Family of Landscapes

NORMAN MACLEAN (1902–1990)

      1. From A River Runs Through It

JOHN STEINBECK (1902–1968)

      1. From The Log from the Sea of Cortez

LAURENS VAN DER POST (1906–1996)

      1. From The Heart of the Hunter

T. H. WHITE (1906–1964)

      1. The Snakes Are About

RACHEL CARSON (1907–1964)

      1. The Marginal World

LOREN EISELEY (1907–1977)

      1. The Judgment of the Birds

RICHARD WRIGHT (1908–1960)

      1. From Black Boy

ARCHIE CARR (1909–1987)

      1. The Lively Petes of Parque Vargas

WALLACE STEGNER (1909–1993)

      1. Glen Canyon Submersus
      2. Coda: Wilderness Letter

JACQUETTA HAWKES (1910–1996)

      1. From A Land

JOSEPHINE JOHNSON (1910–1990)

      1. From The Inland Island

LEWIS THOMAS (1913–1993)

      1. Death in the Open
      2. The World’s Biggest Membrane

JOHN HAY (b. 1915)

      1. The Common Night
      2. The Dovekie and the Ocean Sunfish

THOMAS MERTON (1915–1968)

      1. Rain and the Rhinoceros

FAITH MCNULTY (b. 1918)

      1. Mouse

FARLEY MOWAT (b. 1921)

      1. From Never Cry Wolf

JOHN HAINES (b. 1924)

      1. Moments and Journeys

MAXINE KUMIN (b. 1925)

      1. Silver Snaffles

ANN HAYMOND ZWINGER (b. 1925)

      1. Of Red-Tailed Hawks and Black-Tailed Gnatcatchers

J. A. BAKER (b. 1926)

      1. Beginnings

JOHN FOWLES (b. 1926)

      1. From The Tree

FRANKLIN RUSSELL (b. 1926)

      1. The Island of Auks

EDWARD ABBEY (1927–1989)

      1. The Serpents of Paradise
      2. The Great American Desert

PETER MATTHIESSEN (b. 1927)

      1. From The Tree Where Man Was Born
      2. From The Wind Birds

NOEL PERRIN (b. 1927)

      1. Pig Tales

URSULA K. LE GUIN (b. 1929)

      1. A Very Warm Mountain

EDWARD O. WILSON (b. 1929)

      1. The Bird of Paradise

GARY SNYDER (b. 1930)

      1. Ancient Forests of the Far West

JOHN MCPHEE (b. 1931)

      1. Under the Snow

EDWARD HOAGLAND (b. 1932)

      1. Hailing the Elusory Mountain Lion
      2. Thoughts on Returning to the City After Five Months on a Mountain Where the Wolves Howled

WILLIAM KITTREDGE (b. 1932)

      1. Owning It All

WENDELL BERRY (b. 1934)

      1. An Entrance to the Woods
      2. The Making of a Marginal Farm

N. SCOTT MOMADAY (b. 1934)

      1. The Way to Rainy Mountain

SUE HUBBELL (b. 1935)

      1. From A Country Year

TIM ROBINSON (b. 1935)

      1. Timescape with Signpost

CHET RAYMO (b. 1936)

      1. The Silence

JIM HARRISON (b. 1937)

      1. The Beginner’s Mind

FREEMAN HOUSE (b. 1937)

      1. In Salmon’s Water

WILLIAM LEAST HEAT-MOON (b. 1939)

      1. Under Old Nell’s Skirt
      2. Atop the Mound

BRUCE CHATWIN (1940–1989)

      1. From The Songlines

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON (b. 1940)

      1. A City Person Encountering Nature

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL (b. 1940)

      1. From Living at the End of Time

RICHARD K. NELSON (b. 1941)

      1. The Gifts

JOSEPH BRUCHAC (b. 1942)

      1. The Circle Is the Way to See

FRANKLIN BURROUGHS (b. 1942)

      1. Of Moose and a Moose Hunter

DOUG PEACOCK (b. 1942)

      1. The Big Snow

ROBERT FINCH (b. 1943)

      1. Death of a Hornet

LINDA HASSELSTROM (b. 1943)

      1. Nighthawks Fly in Thunderstorms

TRUDY DITTMAR (b. 1944)

      1. Moose

ALICE WALKER (b. 1944)

      1. Am I Blue?

ANNIE DILLARD (b. 1945)

      1. Heaven and Earth in Jest
      2. Living Like Weasels
      3. Total Eclipse

JAN ZITA GROVER (b. 1945)

      1. Cutover

BARRY LOPEZ (b. 1945)

      1. From Arctic Dreams
      2. The American Geographies

SCOTT RUSSELL SANDERS (b. 1945)

      1. Buckeye

DAVID RAINS WALLACE (b. 1945)

      1. The Human Element

ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING (b. 1946)

      1. Wolf, Eagle, Bear: An Alaska Notebook

GRETEL EHRLICH (b. 1946)

      1. Friends, Foes, and Working Animals

ELLEN MELOY (b. 1946)

      1. The Flora and Fauna of Las Vegas

EMILY HIESTAND (b. 1947)

      1. Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah

LINDA HOGAN (b. 1947)

      1. The Bats

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE (b. 1947)

      1. And the Coyotes Will Lift a Leg

DIANE ACKERMAN (b. 1948)

      1. Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall

JOHN DANIEL (b. 1948)

      1. A Word in Favor of Rootlessness

DAVID QUAMMEN (b. 1948)

      1. Strawberries Under Ice

LESLIE MARMON SILKO (b. 1948)

      1. Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination

JAMAICA KINCAID (b. 1949)

      1. Alien Soil

DAVID JAMES DUNCAN (b. 1952)

      1. Northwest Passage

RAY GONZALEZ (b. 1952)

      1. The Third Eye of the Lizard

VICKI HEARNE (1952–2001)

      1. Calling Animals by Name

GARY PAUL NABHAN (b. 1952)

      1. From The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country

DAVID MAS MASUMOTO (b. 1954)

      1. Planting Seeds

SHARMAN APT RUSSELL (b. 1954)

      1. Gila Wilderness

EVELYN WHITE (b. 1954)

      1. Black Women and the Wilderness

BARBARA KINGSOLVER (b. 1955)

      1. High Tide in Tucson

MICHAEL POLLAN (b. 1955)

      1. Weeds Are Us

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS (b. 1955)

      1. The Clan of One-Breasted Women

JANE BROX (b. 1956)

      1. Baldwins

DAVID ABRAM (b. 1957)

      1. The Ecology of Magic

RICK BASS (b. 1958)

      1. From The Ninemile Wolves

BILL MCKIBBEN (b. 1960)

      1. From The End of Nature

JANISSE RAY (b. 1962)

      1. Built by Fire
      2. Forest Beloved

PERMISSIONS

INDEX

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