The Night Country

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Nature - 240 pages
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Toward the end of his life, Loren Eiseley reflected on the mystery of life, throwing light on those dark places traversed by himself and centuries of humankind. The Night Country is a gift of wisdom and beauty from the famed anthropologist. It describes his needy childhood in Nebraska, reveals his increasing sensitivity to the odd and ordinary in nature, and focuses on a career that turns him inward as he reaches outward for answers in old bones.
 

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Loren Eisley has sadly become less known; as a scientist, he was sui generis. He described his identity as an archaeologist as a "bone man"; The Night Country is a vivid sensory/ poetic exploration of ... Read full review

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EXCELLENT! This and most of his other writings should be required reading for everyone on the planet...masterfully and beautifully written, an ethereal style all his own...
Thomas Haynes
 

Contents

THE GOLD WHEEL
3
THE PLACES BELOW
15
BIG EYES AND SMALL EYES
31
INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS
47
THE CHRESMOLOGUE
59
PAW MARKS AND BURIED TOWNS
79
BARBED WIRE AND BROWN SKULLS
91
THE RELIC MEN
107
STRANGENESS IN THE PROPORTION
127
THE CREATURE FROM THE MARSH
153
ONE NIGHTS DYING
169
OBITUARY OF A BONE HUNTER
181
THE MIND AS NATURE
195
THE BROWN WASPS
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
237
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About the author (1997)

Gale E. Christianson, author of Fox at the Wood’s Edge: A Biography of Loren Eiseley, is a professor of history at Indiana State University, Terre Haute.

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