9781597260459

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

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    9781597260459

  • ISBN10:

    1597260452

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-11-01
  • Publisher: Island Pr
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Summary

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 his lyrical 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 Building on past scholarship and a fresh study of Leopold's unpublished archival materials, Julianne Lutz Newton retraces the intellectual journey that generated such passion and intelligence.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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction Launching Out 3(14)
Seed Plots
17(28)
Written on the Hills
45(36)
The Middle Border
81(36)
Interpreting Pharaoh's Dream
117(28)
An American System
145(32)
A Common Concept of Land
177(40)
Ecological Poetry
217(24)
The Germ and the Juggernaut
241(25)
Wildlife and the New Man
266(24)
Knowing Nature
290(26)
A New Kind of Conservation
316(37)
Notes 353(94)
Bibliography 447(24)
Sources of Illustrations and Excerpts 471(2)
Index 473

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