Aldo Leopold's Odyssey: Rediscovering the Author of A Sand County Almanac

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Island Press, Mar 5, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 504 pages
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A household icon of the environmental movement, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) may be the most quoted conservationist in history. A Sand County Almanac has sold millions of copies and Leopold's writings are venerated for their perceptions about land and how people might live in concert with the whole community of life.

But who is the man behind the words? How did he arrive at his profound and poetic insights, inspiring generations of environmentalists? Building on past scholarship and a fresh study of Leopold's unpublished archival materials, Julianne Lutz Newton retraces the intellectual journey generated by such passion and intelligence.

Aldo Leopold's Odyssey illuminates his lifelong quest for answers to a fundamental issue: how can people live prosperously on the land and keep it healthy, too? Leopold's journey took him from Iowa to Yale to the Southwest to Wisconsin, with fascinating stops along the way to probe the causes of early land settlement failures, contribute to the emerging science of ecology, and craft a new vision for land use.

More than a biography, this articulate volume is a guide to one man's intellectual growth, and an inspirational resource for anyone pondering the relationships between people and the land.

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Newton (research associate, dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) uses past scholarship and unpublished archival materials to tell the intriguing ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Julianne Lutz Newton is a visiting professor of environmental studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and president of the John Burroughs Institute in Roxbury, New York. Her articles have appeared in Conservation Biology, The Illinois Steward, Journal of Civil Society, and American Midland Naturalist.

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