Going Wild – a collective list

   Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school,

that’s how birds enter my life.

I listen.

K. Jamie

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  1. Annie Dillard: EVERYTHING
  2. Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust
  3. W. G. Sebald: The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, Campo Santo
  4. Alice Oswald: Dart
  5. Kathleen Jamie: Findings
  6. J.A. Baker: The Peregrine
  7. Sara Maitland: A Book of  Silence
  8. Simon Schama: Landscape and Memory
  9. Robert Macfarlane: The Old Ways – A Journey on Foot, The Wild Places
  10. Roger Deakin: Wildwood
  11. Richard Mabey
  12. Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water
  13. Jill Fredston: Rowing to Latitude – Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge
  14. Edward Abbey: Desert Solitaire
  15. John Hay
  16. Aldo Leopold
  17. John Haines (particularly his poetry)
  18. Ellen Meloy: Eating Stone – Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
  19. Kathleen Dean Moore: Riverwalking – Reflections on Moving Water

A world of relative inaccessibility ART Dillard ESSAY LITERATURE nature writing Poetry READING THE RINGS OF SATURN Reading to write Sebald Solnit the-HOME-project traveling urban jungle W. G. Sebald Wanderlust writing

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13 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Good list! I keep meaning to read Solnit’s book; you’ve provided me with yet another reason to get to it. You might add Philip Lopate’s works. And Mark Spragg, “Where Rivers Change Direction.”

    If you can find it, Paul Shepheard wrote a peculiar little text I quite enjoy called “The Cultivated Wilderness.” I haven’t heard of Meloy’s book, and now I wonder if it contains some of the same themes as Shepheard’s. Ah well! More to read!!

    • Solnit is really great, I keep rereading her works. I have used Lopate’s on the personal essay quite a lot, but I guess you are recommending some of his other books?
      Mark Spragg is new to me.
      Thank you!

  2. you might already know these writers, but i recently discovered them and since they’re nature-writers, I you might be interested:

    Barry López (Arctic Dreams, Winter Count and many more.)
    Barbara Hurd (Entering The Stone, Walking the Wrack Line, Stirring the Mud)
    Rick Bass (Winter: Notes from Montana, The Sky, The Stars, The WIlderness, and many more.)

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