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The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love
Arguably one of the most important American writers working today, Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books, including novels and collections of poems, short stories, and essays. A prominent spokesman for agrarian values, Berry frequently defends such practices and ideas as sustainable agriculture, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Readers have been inundated by a plethora of recent books about Wendell Berry. However, most of these tomes deal with his essays. Fritz Oehlschlaeger's significant contribution is to also write critically concerning Berry's poetry and fiction. I am a recent convert to Berry's fiction, finding in his Port Royal sagas a delightful commitment to stories well told. Oehlschlaeger does a wonderful job of surveying these works. His essay "Imagining the Practice of Peace in a Century of War: "A Place on ...more