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Berry, Wendell 1934-

Works: 1,140 works in 1,900 publications in 3 languages and 70,720 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Christmas stories  Anecdotes  Interviews  Records and correspondence  Musical settings  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Signer, Lyricist, Author of introduction, Narrator, Contributor, Dedicatee, Composer
Classifications: PS3552.E75, 813.54
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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture by Wendell Berry( Book )
33 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 2,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Unsettling of America Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today's agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families, and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land - from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in the afterword to this new edition, his arguments and observations are still relevant today. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits
Jayber Crow : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Jayber Crow, born in Goforth, Kentucky, orphaned at age ten, began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College." "Eventually, after the flood of 1937, Jayber becomes the barber of the small community of Port William, Kentucky. From behind that barber chair he lives out the questions that drove him from seminary and begins to accept the gifts of community that enclose his answers. The chair gives him a perfect perch from which to listen, to talk, and to see, as life spends itself all around. In this novel full of remarkable characters, he tells his story that becomes the story of his town and its transcendent membership."--Jacket
The memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry( Book )
19 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century. - Back cover
What are people for? : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )
13 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on Nate Shaw, Harry Caudill, Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, diversity, waste, eating, local culture, consumption, conservation, environmental concerns, and other topics
Hannah Coulter : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long story about the citizens of Port William, Hannah Coulter remembers. Her first husband, Virgil, was declared "missing in action" shortly after the Battle of the Bulge, and after she married Nathan Coulter about all he could tell Hannah about the Battle of Okinawa was "Ignorant boys, killing each other." The community was stunned and diminished by the war, with some of its sons lost forever and others returning home determined to carry on. Now, in her late seventies, twice-widowed and alone, Hannah sorts through her memories: of her childhood, of young love and loss, of raising children and the changing seasons. She turns her plain gaze to a community facing its long deterioration, where, she says, "We feel the old fabric torn, pulling apart, and we know how much we have loved each other." Hannah offers her summation: her stories and her gratitude, for the membership in Port William, and for her whole life, a part of the great continuum of love and memory, grief and strength
Collected poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry( Book )
10 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wendell Berry is a writer of great clarity and sureness. His love of language and his care for its music are matched only by his fidelity to the subjects he has written of during his first twenty-five years of work : land and nature, the family and community, tradition as the groundwork for life and culture. His graceful elegies sit easily alongside lyrics of humor and biting satire. Husbandman and husband, philosopher and Mad Farmer, he writes of values that endure. His vision is one of hope and memory, of determination and faithfulness. For this volume Wendell Berry has collected nearly two hundred poems from his previous eight collections. --from back cover
A place on earth : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )
22 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mat Feltner struggles to accept the loss of his son as the rest of the Port William community watches the progress of World War II
Citizenship papers by Wendell Berry( Book )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The novelist, poet, and essayist presents a collection of twenty essays that offer everything from critiques of the American experience to a celebration of ordinary lives to a determined warning about the future of the country
A world lost by Wendell Berry( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the age of 60, a Kentucky man decides to find out why half a century earlier his favorite uncle was shot, a crime for which the killer spent only two years in jail. The man was nine years old when the incident occurred and nobody would give him a reason
The art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry( Book )
19 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty-one essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. These essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, ill-health, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture. Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration, and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that are to the benefit of both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments? Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality and happiness of the whole community of creation".--Book jacket
A continuous harmony; essays cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )
13 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. "It seemed to me," Horenbein wrote, "that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants." Wendell Berry's second collection of essays, A Continuous Harmony was first published in 1972, and includes the seminal "Think Little," which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe, and the splendid centerpiece, "Discipline and Hope," an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls "a
Home economics : fourteen essays by Wendell Berry( Book )
11 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"My work has been motivated," Wendell Berry has written, "by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place." In Home Economics, a collection of fourteen essays, Berry explores this process and continues to discuss what it means to make oneself "responsibly at home." His title reminds us that the very root of economics is stewardship, household management. To paraphrase Confucius, a healthy planet is made up of healthy nations that are simply healthy communities sharing common ground, and communities are gatherings of households. A measure of the health of the planet is economics--the health of its households. Any process of destruction or healing must begin at home. Berry speaks of the necessary coherence of the "Great Economy," as he argues for clarity in our lives, our conceptions, and our communications
Andy Catlett : early travels : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At nine years old, Andy Catlett takes his first journey by himself, by bus, to visit his grandparents during the Christmas of 1943." ... this book is a perfect introduction into the whole world of Port William"--Publisher description
Remembering : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )
11 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After losing his right hand in a farm accident, Andy Catlett realizes a renewed sense of kinship with the land and the past
The hidden wound by Wendell Berry( Book )
10 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poet, writer and cultural critic Wendell Berry confronts the facts, the origins, and the results of a white Kentuckian's attitude toward black people. In the process, he has much to say to all people about the human condition. Berry grew up in Kentucky where his family have farmed for generations and where he now lives on a small farm. He has the imagination and honesty to observe clearly, to penetrate appearances, to discover the facts, and the grace to write of his discoveries with beauty and wisdom. In explaining the urgent need out of which this book is written Berry has said: "l should write something of my history as a white man, the sense of my whiteness forming out of and in the presence of black people." Then he describes his family history in relation to slavery and his childhood friendship with two black people on his grandfather's farm as a path toward understanding the deep trouble we have brought on ourselves through racial injustice and our abuse of the land. With compassion, without bitterness, Berry reaches some very disturbing truths--truths which must be faced if we are to find our way back to what our country once promised the world.--From publisher description
Bringing it to the table : on farming and food by Wendell Berry( Book )
10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long before organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Wendell Berry was farming and writing with the purity of food in mind. For the last five decades, he has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of Berry's influence, Michael Pollan offers an introduction to this new collection. "To read the essays in this sparkling anthology," he writes, "many of them dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, is to realize just how little of what we are saying and hearing today Wendall Berry hasn't already said, bracingly before." This compendium joins today's bestsellers as essential reading for all who care about what they eat
New collected poems by Wendell Berry( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume reprints the nearly two hundred pieces from his earlier Collected Poems, together with the poems from his most recent collections: Entries, Given, and Leavings, to create an expanded compilation. It contains all the poems from previous collections Mr. Berry wishes to collect, except no selections have been made from his ongoing sequence published as The Sabbath Poems. Wendell Berry is the author of over fifty works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has been awarded numerous literary prizes, including the T.S. Eliot Award, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He began publishing work in the 1960s
Life is a miracle : an essay against modern superstition by Wendell Berry( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Life is a Miracle, Wendell Berry urges us to begin a "conversation out of school." Believing we are on a course of arrogant and dangerous behavior in science and other intellectual disciplines, this proclamation against modern superstition recommends a shift in priorities and goals. Berry observes, "it is clearly bad for the sciences and the arts to be divided into 'two cultures.' It is bad for scientists to be working without a sense of obligation to cultural tradition. It is bad for artists and scholars in the humanities to be working without a sense of obligation to the world beyond the artifacts of culture." They must be the subjects of one complex conversation."--Jacket
Standing by words : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )
16 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In six essays, Wendell Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals from their communities and of their communities from the land. In thirty pages of the title essay, Berry considers two freshman English textbooks, Shelley, the Norton Anthology of English Literature, King Lear, Robert Herrick, the Bible, transcriptions of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Three-Mile Island crisis, an article on dairy cattle, R. Buckminster Fuller, Milton, Faulkner, and Lao Tzu, among others.--From publisher's description
The gift of good land : further essays, cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )
11 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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