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Place of the Wild: A Wildlands Anthology
edited by David Clarke Burks
contributions by Terry Tempest Williams, Jay Vest, Jack Turner, Alison Dening, Gary Paul Nabhan, Dave Foreman, Paul Faulstitch, Chris Manes, R. Edward Grumbine, Bill Devall, Max Oelschlaeger, Gary Snyder, Mollie Matteson, Mitch Friedman, John Haines, Alan Drengson, David Johns, Phyllis Burks, George Wuerthner, James Morrison, Stephanie Mills, John Davis, Nancy Lord, Kirkpatrick Sale, Margaret Hayes Young, David Abram, Bill McKibben, Monique Miller and Dolores Lachapelle
Island Press, 1994
Paper: 978-1-55963-342-0 | eISBN: 978-1-61091-298-3 | Cloth: 978-1-55963-341-3
Library of Congress Classification QH75.P493 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.72


Where and what is the place of the wild? Is the goal of preserving biodiversity across the landscape of North America compatible with contemporary Western culture?

Place of the Wild brings together original essays from an exceptional array of contemporary writers and activists to present in a single volume the most current thinking on the relationship between humans and wilderness. A common thread running through the volume is the conviction that everyone concerned with the natural world -- academics and activists, philosophers and poets -- must join forces to re-establish cultural narratives and shared visions that sustain life on this planet.

The contributors apply the insights of conservation biology to the importance of wilderness in the 21st century, raising questions and stimulating thought. The volume begins with a series of personal narratives that present portraits of wildlands and humans. Following those narratives are more-analytical discourses that examine conceptions and perceptions of the wild, and of the place of humanity in it. The concluding section features clear and resonant activist voices that consider the importance of wildlands, and what can be done to reconcile the needs of wilderness with the needs of human culture.

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