Donald G. Schueler A Handmade Wilderness

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A Handmade Wilderness

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In 1968 two gay young men - one white, one black - quixotically decided to buy eighty backwoods acres in southern Mississippi, little realizing that they were embarking on the greatest adventure of their lives. Don Schueler's account of the twenty-five years that followed, during which he and Willie Brown transformed their "least worst land" into a wild Eden, is a modern saga by turns suspenseful, very funny, and deeply moving.

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Born August 6, 1929, in New York, NY, Donald G. Schueler recieved his education at the University of Georgia, B.A., 1951; Louisiana State University, M.A., 1960, Ph.D., 1962. He is a member of Modern Language Association of America, South Central Modern Language Association. He is a professor in the Department of English, University of New Orleans.

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This back-to-the-land story has a novel twist: a white man and a black man living together in the backwoods of Mississippi. In 1968, Schueler (Temple of the Jaguar) and Willie Brown bought 80 acres of worn-out land, known locally as the sandhills, about 25 miles from the Gulf Coast. It had been logged, burned and generally ravaged; it contained two bogs, a stand of live oaks and numerous ravines. The author gives an engaging account of their efforts to restore "The Place." They encountered moonshiners, poachers and snakes (Willie was terrified). Despite devastation by Hurricane Camille, the pair persevered, and eventually they brought back the native wildlife and plants, restoring a complete "handmade" ecosystem. After Willie's death in 1992, Schueler donated The Place, now 200 acres, to the Nature Conservancy as the Willie Farrell Brown Nature Reserve. A rewarding story.
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