Adventures in Ecocriticism
David Rains Wallace
This collection of 23 provocative essays spans the past 30 years of Wallace's career. Through meticulous research and hands on experience, he explores American culture's relationship with nature — particularly that of the West — in its literary, scientific, and political dimensions. Selected essays include "The Nature of Nature Writing," The Klamath Surprise: Forestry Meets Biodiversity on the West Coast," "The Real John Muir," and "The Stone Poet."
David Rains Wallace is the author of 18 books, including Neptune's Ark: From Ichthyosaurus to Orcas; Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution, a New York Times Notable Book; and The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution, winner of the John Burroughs Medal.
"The elegance and mythic insight of his work have already earned it a place of lasting importance in American nature writing."
— Michael Kowalewski, Carleton College
"It takes some imagination to see everything that exists as a living fossil, or to find the remote past wriggling energetically underfoot: Wallace uses his to make the reader recognize evolution as what is happening rather than what has happened."
— Atlantic Monthly Magazine
"Wallace is as meticulous in his examination of books as he is in his examination of nature: he sees only what is there, not what he would like to see."
— Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize winning author
October 2014, 174 pages, 5.5" x 8.375", full color cover, 16 black & white photographs, 1 other illustration, bibliography.
Published by Backcountry Press.
ISBN 978-1-941624-00-5. trade paper