American Earth: environmental writing since Thoreau
Literary Classics of the United States, 2008/04/17 - 1047 ページ
As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries.
Classics of the environmental imaginationÂ—the essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo LeopoldÂ's A Sand County Almanac; Rachel CarsonÂ's Silent SpringÂ—are set against the inspiring story of an emerging activist movement, as revealed by newly uncovered reports of pioneering campaigns for conservation, passages from landmark legal opinions and legislation, and searing protest speeches. Here are some of AmericaÂ's greatest and most impassioned writers, taking a turn toward nature and recognizing the fragility of our situation on earth and the urgency of the search for a sustainable way of life. Thought-provoking essays on overpopulation, consumerism, energy policy, and the nature of Â“natureÂ” join ecologistsÂ' memoirs and intimate sketches of the habitats of endangered species. The anthology includes a detailed chronology of the environmental movement and American environmental history, as well as an 80-page color portfolio of illustrations.