The Natural History of Selborne

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Penguin Books Limited, May 26, 1977 - Literary Collections - 282 pages
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More than any other writer Gilbert White (1720-93) has shaped the relationship between man and nature. A hundred years before Darwin, White realised the crucial role of worms in the formation of soil and understood the significance of territory and song in birds. His precise, scrupulously honest and unaffectedly witty observations led him to interpret animals’ behaviour in a unique manner. This collection of his letters to the explorer and naturalist Daines Barrington and the eminent zoologist Thomas Pennant - White’s intellectual lifelines from his country-village home - are a beautifully written, detailed evocation of the lives of the flora and fauna of eighteenth-century England.

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Review: The Natural History of Selborne

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Universally accepted at the very first book ever published in the genera of natural history writing. Much of it is common knowledge today but much of White's observations on migration and nesting were unproved when he wrote in the 1700s. A treasured addition to my collection. Read full review

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User Review  - Damon Strang - Goodreads

I read this book to better understand the execution of observation in writing. He nails it with his intricate discoveries and deductions. Great to read a letter and muse over it as you start the day. Read full review

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Edited with an introduction by Richard Mabey

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