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A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm
Edwin Way Teale; Ann Haymond Zwinger, intro.

1998 • 268 pp. 6 x 9"
Ecology & Environmental Studies / Memoir

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“A charming book, . . . warm with the fresh and comfortable savor of country life in the years before the first World War. Edward Shenton's pictures catch the proper spirit. A nice book for boys as well as grown-ups.”—New Yorker

“A guidebook to contentment, a how-to book on living well and lightly with the land.”—from the foreword by Ann Haymond Zwinger

In A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm, Edwin Way Teale gives us not only his most personal writing but some of his finest. Considered by many to be his greatest book, it is as relevant today as when it was first published.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Not to be missed by those who love the country.”—Library Journal

“With tenderness and quiet humor Mr. Teale relates his memories of those days and that spot and those grandparents. It is a boy's book for grown-ups, a superb book that catches the exciting tempo of an awakening mind and, in a world clamorous with battle and sudden death, leaves the reader thankful for the peace and rewarding labors of a countryside and old people who were satisfied with it.”—Weekly Book Review

From the Book:

"In the widest sense, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm depicts a human need to belong to a piece of earth and, for the naturalist, to learn it, to try to understand it. The bountifulness of Trail Wood enveloped Edwin and Nellie in peace. Trail Wood was more than a plot of ground, it was a world that they wrapped around their shoulders to keep out the chill . . . [This book] is a classical understanding of man’s need to have a stable base, a place to protect and to celebrate, a place to go out from but always to come home to. Knowing how and why this land came into their possession helps us to understand the tremendous meaning that it held for [them], the incredible beauty not only of this land but the whole earth upon which they lived . . . A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm is a guidebook to contentment, a how-to book on living well and lightly on the land." -- from the Foreword

EDWIN WAY TEALE won both the Pulitzer prize and the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing. His work ranks with the best, that of Thoreau, Muir, Burroughs and Olson.

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