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Berry, Wendell 1934-

Works: 1,170 works in 2,016 publications in 3 languages and 76,333 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Pastoral fiction  Psychological fiction  Essays  Biography  Christmas stories  Anecdotes  Interviews  Musical settings  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Signer, Author of introduction, Narrator, Lyricist, Other, Composer, Dedicatee
Classifications: PS3552.E75, 813.54
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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture by Wendell Berry( Book )

44 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,502 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 )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,798 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 )

22 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 1,725 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
What are people for? : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 1,485 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 )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,433 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 )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 1,399 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 )

24 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,324 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 )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,198 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
Home economics : fourteen essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,151 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
Life is a miracle : an essay against modern superstition by Wendell Berry( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 1,055 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 )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,055 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
The hidden wound by Wendell Berry( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and held by 1,008 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 art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 978 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
Citizenship papers by Wendell Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 950 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 continuous harmony; essays cultural and agricultural by Wendell Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing it to the table : on farming and food by Wendell Berry( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 804 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 )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 748 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
Imagination in place : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A writer who can imagine the "community belonging to its place" is one who has applied his knowledge and citizenship to achieve the goal to which Wendell Berry has always aspired -- to be a native to his own local culture. And for Berry, what is "local, fully imagined, becomes universal," and the "local" is to know one's place and allow the imagination to inspire and instill "a practical respect for what is there besides ourselves." In Imagination in Place, we travel to the local cultures of several writers important to Berry's life and work, from Wallace Stegner's great West and Ernest Gaines' Louisiana plantation life to Donald Hall's New England, and on to the Western frontier as seen through the Far East lens of Gary Snyder. Berry laments today's dispossessed and displaced, those writers and people with no home and no citizenship, but he argues that there is hope for the establishment of new local cultures in both the practical and literary sense
The long-legged house by Wendell Berry( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career. Three essays at the heart of this volume-"The Rise," "The Long-Legged House," and "A Native Hill"--Are essays of homecoming and memoir, as the writer finds his home place, his native ground, his place on earth. As he later wrote, "What I stand for is what I stand on," and here we see him beginning the acts of rediscovery and resettling
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Jayber Crow : a novel
Alternative Names
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 novellista, esszéíró, költő, akadémikus az Egyesült Államokból

Wendell Berry scrittore, poeta e ambientalista statunitense

Wendell Berry US-amerikanischer Landwirt und Schriftsteller

وندل بری شاعر آمریکایی

배리, 웬델 1934-

베리, 웬델 1934-

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Jayber Crow : a novelThe memory of Old JackWhat are people for? : essaysHannah Coulter : a novelCollected poems, 1957-1982A place on earth : a novelA world lostHome economics : fourteen essays