Field and Study

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The Minerva Group, Inc., Dec 1, 2000 - Nature - 348 pages
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John Burroughs was one of the earliest and most articulate pioneers of the United States conservation movement, publishing twenty-eight books on the natural world during the height of the Industrial Revolution. As an author, teacher, and poet, he wrote with intimacy and feeling, illustrating verbal landscapes and providing philosophical insights about the environment. People by the hundreds of thousands relished his writings. His friends included Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and John Muir. Burroughs was dedicated to studying the world and making nature come to life on the written page, in the last decades of the 19th century, his prolific nature essays helped spawn the Nature Study movement and made him an international celebrity. As early as 1871, when his first book of nature essays was published, Burroughs was acclaimed as an American Gilbert White, the pioneering British naturalist and author of The Natural History of Selborne. In 1875 Henry James praised his "real genius" for natural history and called him a "more humorous, more available, and more sociable Thoreau. Readers were charmed by Burroughs's enthusiastic accounts of ordinary walks made extraordinary by keen observation. By the late 1880s, when his first collection of nature essays for children was published, he was one of America's most popular interpreters of the natural world. He kept writing until 1921, when he died at the age of 84.
 

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Contents

Afield I The Speing Bied Peocession
3
Natube Lobe
27
The Familiab Bieds
53
Fuss and Feathees
77
The Songs of Bieds
89
Oechaed Seceets
102
Natitee in Little
112
The Insect Mind
129
Insects
201
The Dog
205
Wood Waifs
206
An Inteeesting Plant
210
Natube Neae Home
213
Study Notes
219
Liteeatuee
221
Religion
241

A Clevee Beastie
140
Phases of Animal Life
152
Each Aftee Its Kind
158
The Pleasuees of Science
174
New Gleanings in Old Fields
193
The Baen Swallow
198
Science
252
Evolution
273
Nature and Natural History
289
Miscellaneous Notes
320
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JOHN BURROUGHS, USAF, Ret., served twenty-seven years in active and reserve duty in the US Air Force. He is the co-author of" Encounter in Rendlesham Forest." He is currently a lecturer and presenter on the Rendlesham Forest Incident and other related events.

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