Description - Natural State by Steven Gilbar
This anthology of nature writing celebrates California, the most geographically diverse state in the USA. Readers are transported to California's many wild places in the company of 40 writers whose works span more than a century. Divided into sections on California's mountains, hills and valleys, deserts, coast and elements (earth, wind and fire), the book contains essays, diary entries and excerpts from larger works, including fiction. As a prelude to the collection, editor Steven Gilbar presents two California Indian creation myths, one a Cahto narrative and the other an A-juma-wi story as told by Darryl Babe Wilson. Familiar names appear, including John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, John McPhee, M.F.K. Fisher and Gretel Ehrlich, but less familiar writers such as Daniel Duane, Margaret Millar and John McKenney are also included. Among the features are Jack Kerouac on climbing Mount Matterhorn, Barry Lopez on snow geese migration at Tule Lake, Edward Abbey on Death Valley, Henry Miller on Big Sur, and Joan Didion on the Santa Ana winds.
Gary Snyder's afterword reflects the spirit of environmentalism running throughout the book while the work as a whole reveals the changes to the C
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(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Steven Gilbar
Steven Gilbar lives in Santa Barbara and does not get to spend as much time in the wilderness as he would like. His previous anthologies include Tales of Santa Barbara (1994) and Red Tiles, Blue Skies (1996).