Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology

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Bloomsbury Academic
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6.1 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Sean Prentiss is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University, USA. He is author of Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave (2015), which won the National Outdoor Book Award for Biography/History. He is also co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre (2014). Joe Wilkins is Associate Professor of English at Linfield College, USA. His memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry (2013) won the GLCA New Writers Award for non-fiction and his work has appeared in Georgia Review, Harvard Review and Slate among many other periodicals.


"The sense of historical development coupled with the sensitivity to the changing social and cultural landscapes makes this book useful to a number of audiences and promises to invite even more nature writers to join those already on the trail ... Part II focuses on various writerly concerns such as tone, symbol, point of view, character (both people and place), persona, research, revision, and the like. Prentiss and Wilkins deal with these issues by creating chapters that offer related readings from the anthology, a free-write prompt, an illustrating vignette, a discussion of the issue at hand, and exercises. These are standard writing issues for nature writers, and I find Prentiss and Wilkins's treatment of them straightforward and refreshing ... Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology includes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry and provides a great range of writing from multiple perspectives covering multiple genres. I find the collection useful, as models for writers and as challenges to how we define nature and environmental writing. Prentiss and Wilkins have given us a useful trail to follow ... I will use Prentiss and Wilkins's book the next time I teach nature writing." - ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment