To Read :: Nature Writing

The Literature of Nature — Reading List

This list is a highly personal selection of some of the books about nature and related subjects that I use for inspiration, information and development. Not a comprehensive list!

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Many of the authors listed here have written other works with an environmental focus.

And dozens of superb nature writers who write in languages other than English are not on this list.

The Serpents of Paradise, Edward Abbey, Henry Holt and Co. 1995

A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman, Vintage Books, 1991

The Beauty of the Beastly, Natalie Angier, Houghton Mifflin, 1995

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, Oxford University Press, 1976

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard, Harper & Row Perennial Library, 1985, originally published 1974

A Match to the Heart, Gretel Ehrlich, Penguin Books, 1995

Woman and Nature, Susan Griffin, Harper, 1978

Spring in Washington, Louis J. Halle, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988

The Experience of Place, Tony Hiss, Vintage Books, 1991

Women on Hunting, edited by Pam Houston, Ecco Press, 1995

Broadsides from the Other Orders, A Books of Bugs, Sue Hubbell, Random House, 1993

The Mind of the Dolphin, John Cunningham Lilly, Avon Books, 1969

Indian Country, Peter Matthiessen, Penguin Books, 1992

The Way of the Earth, T. C. McLuhan, Simon & Schuster, 1994

Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971

One Man’s Garden, Henry Mitchell, Houghton Mifflin, 1992

The Cuiise of the Corwin, John Muir, Sierra Club Books 1993, originally published 1917

Soungbirds, Truffles, and Wolves, Gary Paul Nabhan, Penguin, 1993

Spiritual Ecology, A Guide to Reconnecting with Nature, Jim Nollman, Bantam Books, 1990

Why We Garden, Jim Nollman, Henry Hold and Co. 1994

Who Speaks for Earth, edited by Maurice F. Strong, W. W. Norton & Co. 1973

Earthly Pleasures, Roger B. Swain, Charles Scribners, 1981

Life and Death of the Salt Marsh, John and Mildred Teal, Ballantine Books, 1971

Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas,

Walden and Other Writings, Henry David Thoreau, Bantam, 1961, originally self-published, 1853

Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)Fawcett, 1962, originally published 1938

Beautiful Swimmers, William W. Warner, Penguin, 1976

Onward and Upward in the Garden, Katharine S. White, Farar, Straus, Giroux, 1979, originally pub. 1958

Naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, Island Press, 1994

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