9781582431468

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

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    9781582431468

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    1582431469

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
  • Publisher: Pgw
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Summary

Collects twenty-one essential essays by the award-winning writer on agrarianism, agriculture, and community to discuss such themes as the cost of dwindling agriculture, the causes and treatments of social disintegration, and the corporate takeover of soci

Author Biography

An essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry is the author of more than thirty books. Throughout his career, Berry has received various awards and honors, including the award for writing from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lannan Foundation Award for nonfiction, as well as the T. S. Elliot Award. Berry lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren Norman Wirzba is an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. The recipient of several awards and grants, his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He lives in Kentucky with his wife and children

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge of Berry's Agrarian Vision vii
Norman Wirzba
PART I: A Geobiography
``A Native Hill''
3(32)
PART II: Understanding Our Cultural Crisis
The Unsettling of America
35(12)
Racism and the Economy
47(18)
``Feminism, the Body, and the Machine''
65(16)
``Think Little''
81(12)
PART III: The Agrarian Basis for an Authentic Culture
``The Body and the Earth''
93(42)
``Men and Women in Search of Common Ground''
135(9)
``Health Is Membership''
144(15)
``Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community''
159(23)
``People, Land, and Community''
182(13)
``Conservation and Local Economy''
195(12)
PART IV: Agrarian Economics
``Economy and Pleasure''
207(12)
``Two Economies''
219(17)
``The Whole Horse''
236(13)
``The Idea of a Local Economy''
249(13)
``A Bad Big Idea''
262(5)
``Solving for Pattern''
267(12)
PART V: Agrarian Religion
``The Use of Energy''
279(14)
``The Gift of Good Land''
293(12)
``Christianity and the Survival of Creation''
305(16)
``The Pleasures of Eating''
321(8)
Acknowledgments 329

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