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Berry, Wendell 1934-

Works: 1,344 works in 2,524 publications in 3 languages and 90,858 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Pastoral fiction  Essays  Poetry  Psychological fiction  Biography  Christmas stories  Anecdotes  Autobiographies  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Interviewee, Signer, Author of introduction, Lyricist, Creator, Other, Composer, Dedicatee
Classifications: PS3552.E75, 813.54
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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture by Wendell Berry( Book )

51 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and French and held by 2,971 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 )

26 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 1,740 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
Bringing it to the table : on farming and food by Wendell Berry( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,679 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
Hannah Coulter : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,634 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
Jayber Crow : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,568 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
Citizenship papers by Wendell Berry( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,568 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 )

18 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and held by 1,533 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
The art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,521 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
New collected poems by Wendell Berry( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,509 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
What are people for? : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,498 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 )

35 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,397 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
Collected poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 1,379 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 world lost by Wendell Berry( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,256 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
Imagination in place : essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,192 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 hidden wound by Wendell Berry( Book )

13 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most touching and true personal testaments concerned with our country's racial dilemma
A place in time : twenty stories of the Port William membership by Wendell Berry( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,185 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
Remembering : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,178 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
Andy Catlett : early travels : a novel by Wendell Berry( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,132 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
Home economics : fourteen essays by Wendell Berry( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,121 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
Our only world : ten essays by Wendell Berry( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,085 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"--
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Jayber Crow : a novel
The memory of Old JackBringing it to the table : on farming and foodHannah Coulter : a novelJayber Crow : a novelCitizenship papersA continuous harmony; essays cultural and agriculturalThe art of the commonplace : agrarian essays of Wendell BerryWhat are people for? : essays
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 US-amerikanischer Landwirt und Schriftsteller

وندل بری شاعر آمریکایی

وينديل بيري

배리, 웬델 1934-

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English (431)

Italian (3)

French (1)