Earthly Words

Essays on Contemporary American Nature and Environmental Writers
John Cooley, Editor
An essential collection of criticism on the leading nature writers of today


This remarkable collection presents critical essays on the foremost American nature writers of this century, including Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Joseph Wood Krutch, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, John McPhee, and Gary Snyder. The essays in Earthly Words venture into unmarked territory. They move beyond a traditional analysis of nature writing, comparing and examining the styles, topics, and emerging themes in contemporary environmental literature.

Nowhere else will one find such a collection, with the number and range of authors represented under a single cover. Those who follow the work of established authors such as Dillard, Leopold, and Abbey will take interest in the dynamic viewpoints represented here, while scholars and students of American nature writing will find this groundbreaking collection essential.

Praise / Awards

  • "By its very publication, Earthly Words announces that nature writing, as a genre, is well established. Few will be the high school or college instructors in environmental literature who ignore this volume. Earthly Words is a—perhaps the—source book for nine writers whose works are or soon will be classics of the genre."
    Environmental History
  • "Cooley's collection provides a valuable introduction to the writers considered and raises important issues for the long overdue engagement between theory and nature writing."
    Over Here: A European Journal of American Culture
  • "In a time when the study of environmental literature is finding its way into many college curriculums, there is a dire need for accessible secondary materials to accompany the wealth of primary nature texts now available. Earthly Words fills this niche beautifully."
    Western American Literature

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 300pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1994
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06537-0

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