John McPhee





John McPhee


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in Princeton, New Jersey, The United States
March 08, 1931

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John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1968), Levels of the Game (1968), The Crofter and the Laird (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1971), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters wit ...more

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Coming into the Country

4.22 avg rating — 4,443 ratings — published 1977 — 19 editions
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Encounters with the Archdruid

4.18 avg rating — 4,089 ratings — published 1971 — 9 editions
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The Control of Nature

4.24 avg rating — 2,765 ratings — published 1989 — 10 editions
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Annals of the Former World

4.33 avg rating — 2,465 ratings — published 1998 — 7 editions
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Basin and Range

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The Pine Barrens

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Oranges

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Assembling California

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Uncommon Carriers

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Rising from the Plains

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“If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.

John McPhee

“If you free yourself from the conventional reaction to a quantity like a million years, you free yourself a bit from the boundaries of human time. And then in a way you do not live at all, but in another way you live forever.”
John McPhee, Basin and Range

“When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in the warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as twenty thousand feet below the seafloor, the skeletal remains had turned into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth. If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.”
John McPhee, Annals of the Former World

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