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The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader

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"In common things are greater extensions of ourselves than we ever conceived of."
"Life on earth springs from a collateral magic that we rarely consult," observes John Hay, naturalist, essayist, sage, and inveterate walker of byways. This collection from the 50-year long career of America's preeminent nature writer illustrates the full range of Hay's work. An elegant and l
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by University Press of New England (first published July 1st 1998)
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Patrick
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hay is that attentive naturalist whose writing bursts poetically outward from the specific to the universal. His exquisite prose ranges from the seagull's wing, to a ship that emerged on the beach only to submerge again after the next storm, to the migration of clouds in a winter sky, with aplomb. Hay's shared delight at the world about him reveals an equal love of living a life that answers, how then shall we live?

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Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, 2013, essays

And there, next to me, as the east wind blows in early fall, a season open to great migrations, are those lives, threading the air and waters of the sea, that come out of an incomparable darkness, which is also my own.

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I loved this book. Loved it. John Hay's descriptions of birds and fish and living near the shore are wonderful.
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John Hay (August 31, 1915, Ipswich, Massachusetts – February 26, 2011, Bremen, Maine was an American author, naturalist, and conservation activist. Hay co-founded the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Massachusetts and served as its president from 1955 to 1980. He composed 18 books from his "writing shack" on Dry Hill at his home in Brewster, Massachusetts, including two autobiograph ...more
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