The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

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Collects twenty-one essential essays by the award-winning writer on agrarianism, agriculture, and community to discuss such themes as the cost of dwindling agriculture, the causes and treatments of social disintegration, and the corporate takeover of social institutions and its impact on natural environments. 30,000 first printing.

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An essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry is the author of more than thirty books. Throughout his career, Berry has received various awards and honors, including the award for writing from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lannan Foundation Award for non-fiction, and the Ingersoll Foundation's T. S. Eliot Award. Berry lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren. Norman Wirzba is an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown College, in Georgetown, Kentucky. He is the author of the forthcoming Becoming a Culture of Creation. Wirzba lives in Kentucky with his wife and four young children.

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Writer and farmer Berry has long been an inspiration to the contemporary agrarian movement and a guiding light to people who care deeply about the health of their land and their communities. In his numerous books of essays, he has thoughtfully and articulately shown how the current consumer-based, profit-driven industrial society not only destroys our natural world but also increasingly harms our social and personal well-being. The 21 essays in this collection, written over the past two decades, provide both a splendid introduction to Berry's work and a stimulating compendium for those already familiar with it. These are beautifully crafted essays, replete with social criticism, righteous anger, moral guidance, and lyrical wording. Above all, they contain a reverence for the beauty and complexity of our natural world and a call to be good stewards of the earth and our limited resources. Berry states that we do not need to rely on constant technological progress to improve our future: "If we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us." Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Ilse Heidmann, Olympia, WA
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