Forests: The Shadow of Civilization

Forests: The Shadow of Civilization

Robert Pogue Harrison


In this wide-ranging exploration of the function of forests in Western notion, Robert Pogue Harrison enriches our figuring out not just of the forest's position within the cultural mind's eye of the West, but additionally of the ecological dilemmas that now confront us so urgently. regularly insightful and fantastically written, this paintings is principally compelling at a time while the wooded area, as a resource of ask yourself, recognize, and that means, disappears day-by-day from the earth.

"Forests is without doubt one of the such a lot awesome essays at the human position in nature i've got ever learn, and belongs at the small shelf that incorporates Raymond Williams' masterpiece, The kingdom and the City. Elegantly conceived, superbly written, and powerfully argued, [Forests] is a version of scholarship at its passionate most sensible. not anyone who cares approximately cultural historical past, in regards to the human position in nature, or concerning the way forward for our earthly domestic, should still pass over it.—William Cronon, Yale Review

"Forests is, between different issues, a piece of scholarship, and one among big worth . . . one who we've wanted. it may be learn and reread, extra to and commented on for your time to come."—John Haines, The long island instances publication Review

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