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Berry, Wendell 1934-

Works: 1,374 works in 2,674 publications in 4 languages and 103,882 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Pastoral fiction  Essays  Poetry  Psychological fiction  Biographies  Anecdotes  Autobiographies  Historical fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Interviewee, Signer, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Other, Lyricist, Composer, Dedicatee
Classifications: PS3552.E75, 813.54
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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture by Wendell Berry( Book )

56 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and French and held by 3,066 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
Bringing it to the table : on farming and food by Wendell Berry( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,884 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
A continuous harmony; essays cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and held by 1,764 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."
The memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry( Book )

26 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 1,754 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
Hannah Coulter : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,738 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
New collected poems by Wendell Berry( )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,732 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
Citizenship papers by Wendell Berry( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,700 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
Jayber Crow : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,592 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 art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,572 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
Entries : poems by Wendell Berry( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entries is Wendell Berry's tenth collection of poems. This remarkable, eclectic gathering of ten years' work offers poems of remembrance and renewal, celebrating life's complexities from the domestic to the eternal. As husband and father, son and citizen, the poet explores with clear sureness his "membership" in his community and in the world. The heart of this collection is a sequence of poems written during Berry's father's final years. From conflict, grief, great loss and great love, there emerges a compassion and understanding: in death and in memory begins immortality
Watch with me : and six other stories of the yet-remembered Ptolemy Proudfoot and his wife, Miss Minnie, née Quinch by Wendell Berry( )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in English and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven Kentucky stories set in the 1940s and featuring farmer Ptolemy Proudfoot and his schoolteacher wife, Miss Minnie. In The Solemn Boy, they invite a couple of hobos to a meal, while Nearly to the Fair comprises Proudfoot's amusing reflections on travel by car. By the author of What Are People For?
What are people for? : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,510 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
A place on earth : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

37 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,442 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 place in time : twenty stories of the Port William membership by Wendell Berry( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty short stories about Port William, a mythical town on the banks of the Kentucky River, populated over the years by a cast of unforgettable characters living in a single place over a long time
The world-ending fire : the essential Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry( )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities. The writings gathered in [this book] are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home. With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy--the natural world will not survive it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe."--Jacket
Collected poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 1,370 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
Our only world : ten essays by Wendell Berry( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the United States prepares to leave its long war in Afghanistan, it now must contemplate the necessity of sending troops back to Iraq, recalling General Colin Powell's advice to President Bush: "If you break it, you own it," as the world's hot spots threaten to spread over the globe with the ferocity of a war of holy terror and desperation. The planet's environmental problems respect no national boundaries. From soil erosion and population displacement to climate change and failed energy policies, American governing classes are paid by corporations to pretend that debate is the only democratic necessity and that solutions are capable of withstanding endless delay. Late Capitalism goes about its business of finishing off the planet. And we citizens are left with a shell of what was once proudly described as The American Dream. In this new collection of eleven essays, Berry confronts head-on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action. Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require. For more than fifty years we've had no better spokesman and no more eloquent advocate for the planet, for our families, and for the future of our children and ourselves"--
The hidden wound by Wendell Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most touching and true personal testaments concerned with our country's racial dilemma
The art of loading brush : new agrarian writings by Wendell Berry( )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wendell Berry's profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this new gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. Mr. Berry believes that American cultural problems are nearly always aligned with their agricultural problems, and recent events have shone a terrible spotlight on the divides between our urban and rural citizens. Our communities are as endangered as our landscapes. There is, as Berry outlines, still much work to do, and our daily lives--in hope and affection -- must triumph over despair. Mr. Berry moves deftly between the real and the imagined. The Art of Loading Brush is an energetic mix of essays and stories, including "The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age," which explores Agrarian ideals as they present themselves historically and as they might apply to our work today. "The Presence of Nature in the Natural World" is added here as the bookend of this developing New Agrarianism. Four stories from an as-yet-unfinished novel, better described as "an essay in imagination," extend the Port William story as it follows Andy Catlett throughout his life to this present moment. Andy works alongside his grandson in "The Art of Loading Brush," one of the most moving and tender stories of the entire Port William cycle. Filled with insights and new revelations from a mind thorough in its considerations and careful in its presentations, The Art of Loading Brush is a necessary and timely collection
A world lost by Wendell Berry( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,261 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
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Jayber Crow : a novel
Bringing it to the table : on farming and foodA continuous harmony; essays cultural and agriculturalThe memory of Old JackHannah Coulter : a novelCitizenship papersJayber Crow : a novelThe art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell BerryEntries : poems
Alternative Names
Berry, Wendell Erdman 1934-

Wendell Berry

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 author

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

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 بيري

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