By The Light Of The Glow-worm Lamp

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Alberto Manguel
Basic Books, Aug 22, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 373 pages
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From ancient Greece to the close of the second millennium, the keen scientific eye has been translated over and over into graceful and meaningful texts in which not only the world observed but the act of observation itself is set down for the common reader. By the Light of the Glow-Worm Lamp represents the best of the nature-writing genre in over three dozen works from the past three centuries.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
LANDSCAPE
9
La Pampa
25
The Atlantic Forest
31
The Falls of Niagara
43
Shooting the Rapids in a Batteau
53
Heavenly Place
61
Three Natural Disasters
67
The Crows
195
Why Birds Sing
203
Bird Lists
213
The Temples of the Hills
229
King Penguins
241
BEASTS
247
Real Life of the Beaver
255
The BonteQuagga
263

Hoyles Mouth
77
A Ramble in
87
An October Diary
97
The Encantadas
105
Nightwatch
111
Crusoes Island
123
Flowery Tuscany
137
The Marginal World
151
BIRDS
157
Birds of Siberia
181
The Wild Geese of Wyndygoul
189
The Narwhal
271
Monkeys
293
INSECTS AND FISH
299
The Secret of the Formicary
307
Butterflies
313
Gustav Eckstein
329
Common Fish of an Indian Garden
337
Stars of the Earth
343
Sources
355
Index
365
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