Thoreau and the Language of Trees


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University of California Press
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6.2 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Higgins is a former longtime staff writer for the Boston Globe, the coauthor of Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion after 50, and the coeditor of Taking Faith Seriously. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, and Smithsonian. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.


"Writer and former Boston Globe reporter Richard Higgins culls a selection of Thoreau's writings on trees from his voluminous journals. Higgins gathers a satisfying assemblage, one that showcases Thoreau's deep reverence for the oaks and elms, pines and birches, rising into the sky in Concord. Short essays open each chapter, revealing Higgins to be a sensitive observer both of his environment and of Thoreau's writing."-- (04/20/2017)
"A book to savour lightly and slowly, just as the subject himself might have prescribed."--The Irish Times
"A selection of the great Transcendentalist poet and philosopher's meditations on trees, drawn from his two-million-word journal by writer and photographer Richard Higgins, whose beautiful black-and-white photographs complement Thoreau's arboreal writings. . . . Thoroughly elevating."--Brain Pickings
"Enchanting. . . . In lucid and elegant prose, Higgins traces Thoreau's deep love affair with various arboreal species." --New York Review of Books
"Higgins's introductory essays do a fine job contextualizing the writings and images in Concord town history and Thoreau biography. This is a handsome book that is sure to appeal to a wide audience."--American Literary Scholarship