Encompassing Nature: A Sourcebook

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Robert M. Torrance
Counterpoint, 1999 - Nature - 1224 pages
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The first anthology of nature writing to include representative works from the worlds myriad cultures--ancient and modern-- Encompassing Nature is a landmark work that will broaden the frame of reference through which nature writing is understood.. Encompassing Nature is a comprehensive collection of widely varied writings representing a host of the worlds cultures and their relation to nature. Tracing the development of ideas and attitudes about the natural world from the earliest narratives through works of the late 1700s, the anthology begins with childrens stories and tribal myths and contains generous selections from the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, India, China, and Japan. It ends in the eighteenth century with Western writers, including Gilbert White, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and William Bartram. A landmark work, Encompassing Nature will broaden the frame of reference through which nature writing is understood. The first anthology of nature writing to include representative works from the worlds myriad cultures--from the ancients through the Enlightenment-- Encompassing Nature is a landmark work that will broaden the frame of reference through which nature wri

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User Review  - pansociety - LibraryThing

An encyclopedic anthology described as a sourcebook on Nature and Culture from ancient times to the modern world. Hundreds of interesting entries with helpful introductions by Torrance. Regrettably ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Elizabeth - Goodreads

Often turn to this book to reconnect with how nature and science has been viewed through history. Easy to reread some sections. Have enjoyed this book for years. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Robert Torrance is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. His most recent book is Dante's Inferno, a new translation in terza rima. He lives in Davis, California, with his wife, with whom he enjoys visits from four grown children and three grandchildren.

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