The Art of the Common-place: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

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Counterpoint, 2002 - Social Science - 330 pages
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This volume features 21 essays by Wendell Berry on agrarianism, agriculture and community. Grouped around five themes - geobiography, an agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics and agrarian religion - the essays provide an introduction to the wide range of Berry's work. They also demonstrate that Berry's writing promotes a clearly defined agrarian vision, compelling to those dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, ill health and destructiveness of media-driven culture.

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I recommended this to a friend recently and started reading it again. Two days later I am still caught in Berry's spell of language and observations. He is my favorite writer observer and always says what I wish I could in a most satisfying way. Read full review

Review: The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

User Review  - Goodreads

I recommended this to a friend recently and started reading it again. Two days later I am still caught in Berry's spell of language and observations. He is my favorite writer observer and always says what I wish I could in a most satisfying way. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy.

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