The Sierra Club Desert Reader

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The Sierra Club Desert Reader is the inaugural volume in a new series of literary celebrations of the Earth's biomes -- the major ecological communities that have shaped the collective human experience.

This unprecedented, global anthology of fiction, poetry, folklore, natural history, travel commentary, and more, collected and introduced by a preeminent environmental writer, demonstrates the desert's power to enthrall and inspire our finest thinkers and writers.

Represented in this distinguished volume are poets from ancient China (translated by Ezra Pound), Egyptian inscriptions, the logs of Captain James Cook, and the chilling fantasies of Edgar Allan Poe. Among other names drawn from many genres are Charles Doughty, Marco Polo, Mark Twain, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Herodotus, Pliny the Elder, T. E. Lawrence, Bruce Chatwin, Edith Wharton, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jorge Luis Borges, as well as classic desert advocates Mary Austin, John Muir, and Edward Abbey.

Avowed desert rats and the city-bound -- anyone drawn to the magical realm of open skies and space and dust -- will find The Sierra Club Desert Reader a trove of literary riches.

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Either there's something about the desert that inspires people to eloquence, or else eloquent people are naturally drawn to the desert. Whatever the order, the sere sands and barren spaces of deserts the world over have prompted a wonderful assortment of fine writing, here collected in one book. There are tribal folk tales plus pieces by Bruce Chatwin, Richard Byrd, Edgar Allan Poe, Teddy Roosevelt, Marco Polo, Pablo Neruda, Luis Borges, Herodotus, Pliny the Elder and lots more.

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Gregory McNamee is a widely published author, poet, translator, and editor. He has taught English and journalism in Mexico and Italy. He is author, most recently, of Gila: The Life and Death of an American River.

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