Through A Green Lens

Through A Green Lens

Fifty Years of Writing for Nature

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Robert Michael Pyle is the author of twenty books and hundreds of essays, stories, papers, and poems. But it is the occasional prose--the deeply personal essays that explored and indulged his immediate fascinations--that make up this selection of never-before-collected testimonies. Beginning with that 1965 cri de coeur written on mountain motel stationery, Through a Green Lens  ranges across broad territory of topic, vehicle, geography, populace, and politics, concluding with powerful forewords for two 2015 books, Earth and Eros and Nerves and Numbers.  Pyle's half-century long view, acute and uncommonly attuned to the physical world, gives readers a remarkable window on the natural setting of our life and times.

By an early age, Bob Pyle discovered that he had a greater facility with words than with numbers. In school, he found he could get good grades and win essay contests by relying on those words alone. But he wasn't really moved to write until a powerful experience in the summer he graduated brought his pen together with his passion for the natural world, and his first heartfelt essay came out as a revelation.

Thus began a life path devoted to natural history, nature conservation, and the language, and how they all meet in the literature of the land. Working in a succession of far-flung jobs in biological conservation, teaching, and field research, Pyle eventually threw in a regular paycheck in favor of a freelance existence devoted to his mutual passions for nature study and writing.

All along, he wrote, and wrote: to date, twenty books and hundreds of essays, stories, papers, and poems. But it is the occasional prose--the deeply personal essays that explored and indulged his immediate fascinations--that make up this selection of never-before-collected testimonies. Beginning with that 1965 cri de coeur written on mountain motel stationery, Through a Green Lens  ranges across broad territory of topic, vehicle, geography, populace, and politics, concluding with powerful forewords for two 2015 books, Earth and Eros and Nerves and Numbers.  Pyle's half-century long view, acute and uncommonly attuned to the physical world, gives readers a remarkable window on the natural setting of our life and times.


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Pyle, a biologist and writer, collects selected personal essays published from 1965 to 2015 in magazines and edited collections on various topics related to nature, such as kids and nature, conservation and natural history, extinction, 9/11, butterflies, apes, marshes, dumps, cities, ditches, wilderness, vacant lots, brambles, islands, ethics, owls, toads, and Bigfoot. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 0870718819 original trade paperback alkaline paper
9780870718816 original trade paperback alkaline paper
Branch Call Number: 508 PYL
Characteristics: 251 pages ; 23 cm

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