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Berry, Wendell 1934-

Works: 1,411 works in 2,788 publications in 4 languages and 88,237 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Pastoral fiction  Poetry  Essays  Psychological fiction  Biographies  Christmas stories  Autobiographies  Interviews  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Interviewee, Signer, Author of introduction, Contributor, Librettist, Creator, Lyricist, Other, Composer, Editor, Dedicatee, wpr, wst
Classifications: PS3552.E75, 813.54
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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture by Wendell Berry( Book )

58 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and French and held by 2,639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Unsettling of America" is Wendell Berry's personal, dramatic inquiry into the way in which we use the land that sustains us. For the roots of our attitudes toward farming, Berry goes back to the industrial revolution, which promised freedom from physical toil, and to the "conquistador" mentality that ruled the settlement of North America, treating land, resources, and ultimately people as infinitely expendable. Out of this history comes a disturbing, and officially sanctioned, vision of the farm of the future -- where the supreme value is maximum production, where the environment is to be controlled by technology, and where a man has no place. Berry challenges these and other orthodox values and assumptions: techniques of cultivation that damage the soil and sacrifice quality to mere abundance; the reliance on huge inputs of energy to fuel machines and manufacture chemicals; the "get big or get out" philosophy that has driven millions of farmers from the land and "unsettled" whole communities. This is above all a book that will change minds, a work of passion, eloquence, and conviction. -- From publisher's description
The memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry( Book )

29 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small town in Kentucky, 92-year-old Jack Beechum, a farmer, moves slowly through his last day of life. Day dreaming in his rocking-chair, he recalls his love for his wife and long days working the earth
Jayber Crow : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,588 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."--BOOK JACKET
Hannah Coulter : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,544 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
What are people for? : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,517 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
Collected poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 1,369 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 )

30 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,365 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
A world lost by Wendell Berry( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,187 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 )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Berry's essays offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture, promoting a compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, ill-health, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture
Home economics : fourteen essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,126 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
The hidden wound by Wendell Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most touching and true personal testaments concerned with our country's racial dilemma
Remembering : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,099 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
Life is a miracle : an essay against modern superstition by Wendell Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,061 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
Andy Catlett : early travels : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,061 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
A continuous harmony; essays cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and held by 1,056 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 new middle."
Sex, economy, freedom & community : eight essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The celebrated essayist and poet offers a collection of essays dealing with important social issues, stressing the importance of communities, the need for diversity in local economies, and the dangers of globalization
The gift of good land : further essays, cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )

22 editions published between 1981 and 2019 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the twenty-four essays of this collection, Wendell Berry stresses the carefully modulated harmonics of indivisibility in culture and agriculture, the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness, of man, animals, the land, the weather, and the family. To touch one, he shows, is to tamper with them all. Here he continues issues first raised in The Unsettling of America; the problems addressed there are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand. Mr. Berry writes of his journeys to the highlands of Peru, the deserts of southern Arizona, and the Amish country to study traditional agricultural practices
New collected poems by Wendell Berry( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,041 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
Standing by words : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,026 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
Citizenship papers by Wendell Berry( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 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
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Jayber Crow : a novel
The memory of Old JackJayber Crow : a novelHannah Coulter : a novelWhat are people for? : essaysCollected poems, 1957-1982A place on earth : a novelA world lostThe art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell Berry
Alternative Names
Berry, Wendell Erdman 1934-

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry American writer

Wendell Berry Amerikaans dichter

Wendell Berry amerikansk poet

Wendell Berry amerykański poeta i pisarz

Wendell Berry auteur de romans, de poèmes et d'essais

Wendell Berry novellista, esszéíró, költő, akadémikus az Egyesült Államokból

Wendell Berry poeta merikano

Wendell Berry scrittore, poeta e ambientalista statunitense

Wendell Berry údar

Wendell Berry US-amerikanischer Landwirt und Schriftsteller

Уендъл Бери американски земеделски производител, екологичен активист, поет и писател

وندل بری شاعر آمریکایی

وينديل بيرى

وينديل بيري

배리, 웬델 1934-

베리, W. 1934-

베리, 웬델 1934-

베리, 웬델 에드먼 1934-

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