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The six stories in Outside showcase Barry Lopez’s majestic talent as a fiction writer. Lopez writes in spare prose, but his narratives resonate with an uncanny power. With a reverence for our exterior and interior landscapes, these stories offer profound insight into the relationships between humans and animals, creativity and beauty, and, ultimately, life and death. Again and again, whether describing a Navajo rug possessing the essence of its maker, a boy who can change places with his half-coyote dog (named Leaves), or a teacher whose presence brings into question the meaning of friendship, Lopez portrays elemental and sacred places. His prose transcends its simplicity to enter spaces of wonder and mystery. As James Perrin Warren says in his compelling introduction, Lopez’s narrators bear witness to extraordinary patterns and purposes . . . The storyteller is vital to the community and to a healthy landscape, but the vital relationship is also reciprocal. . . . We participate, along with Lopez, in the long history of storytelling. We become part of the atmosphere in which wisdom shows itself.”
Barry Lopez is an essayist, author, and short story writer who traveled extensively in both remote and populated parts of the world. He is the author of Arctic Dreams, winner of the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the John Burroughs and Christopher medals; and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His essays are collected in Crossing Open Ground and About This Life. He contributes regularly to Granta, Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, Paris Review, Manoa, and other publications. His work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, and the best” collections from National Geographic, Outside, the Georgia Review, the Paris Review, and other magazines. Lopez lives in Western Oregon.
Barry Moser is an illustrator, printer, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist, and teacher. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1940. He was educated at a military academy there, the Baylor School, then at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970. He studied with George Cress, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, and Jack Coughlin. His work is represented in numerous collections, museums, and libraries in the United States and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Library of Congress, the National Library of Australia, the London College of Printing, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Vatican Library, Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, the Israel Museum, and Princeton University. The books Moser has illustrated and/or designed form a list of over 300 titles including Arion Press' Moby-Dick and the University of California Press' The Divine Comedy of Dante, and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
James Warren is the S. Blount Mason, Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. Warren specializes in 19th century literature and culture as well as literature of the environment. He is a member of the Environmental Studies faculty. A graduate of Auburn University, he received the Ph.D. from Yale. He is the author of John Burroughs and the Place of Nature (University of Georgia Press, 2006) and The Culture of Eloquence (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999).
Table of Contents
"Desert Notes" "Twilight" "The Search for the Heron" "The Falls" "Within Bird's Hearing" "Empira's Tapestry"