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The Great Chain of Life

Joseph Wood Krutch (author) Paul Landacre (illustrator)
Patricia Hampl (series editor)
Carl H. Klaus (series editor)

ISBN: 9781587298202

Publication Date: Jul 2009

Format: Paperback

Brings a humanist's keen eye and ear to one of the great questions of the ages: 'What am I?' Lavishly illustrated with beautiful woodcuts by Paul Landacre, an all-but-lost yet important Los Angeles artist, The Great Chain of Life will be cherished by new generations of readers.
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Originally published in 1956, "The Great Chain of Life" brings a humanist's keen eye and ear to one of the great questions of the ages: 'What am I?' A scholar of literature and theater, toward the end of his career Joseph Wood Krutch turned to the study of the natural world. Bringing his keen intellect to bear on the places around him, Krutch crafted some of the most memorable and important works of nature writing extant. Whether anticipating the arguments of biologists who now ascribe high levels of cognition to the so-called lower animals, recognizing the importance of nature for a well-lived life, or seeing nature as an elaborately interconnected, interdependent network, Krutch's seminal work contains lessons just as resonant today as they were when the book was first written. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful woodcuts by Paul Landacre, an all-but-lost yet important Los Angeles artist whom Rockwell Kent called 'the best American wood engraver working,' "The Great Chain of Life" will be cherished by new generations of readers.
Illustrations 24 woodcuts
Pages 244
Date Published 30 Jul 2009
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Series Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction
Subject/s Popular philosophy  
Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) was the Brander Matthews Chair of Dramatic Literature at Columbia University for two decades and served as the Nation's drama critic for nearly thirty years. A Burroughs Medal laureate, Krutch published more than a dozen books. Paul Landacre (1893-1963) was a Los Angeles artist, a member of the National Academy of Design, and teacher at the University of Southern California, the Otis Art Institute, and the Kahl Institute.

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