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Mitchell, John Hanson

Overview
Works: 31 works in 131 publications in 1 language and 9,479 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Autobiographies  Field guides  Juvenile works  Anecdotes  Poetry  Architectural drawings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QH104.5.N58, 574.974
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Ceremonial time : fifteen thousand years on one square mile by John Hanson Mitchell( )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A magical book that turns one modest square mile of exurban land into the most remarkably fascinating place
Trespassing : an inquiry into the private ownership of land by John Hanson Mitchell( )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did a nation built on a vision of "wide open spaces" come to believe in the private ownership of land? John Hanson Mitchell, one of our foremost nature writers, explores this question." "Building upon the heartbreaking story of a tribe of "praying Indians" who bought into the colonists' legal system and settled their own 2000-acre tract, only to be dispossessed and herded into a detention camp, Mitchell explores every variation of this important issue. From the beginning of British common law up to the most recent Supreme Court takings decisions, Trespassing follows the evolution of our attitudes toward land."--Jacket
Walking towards Walden : a pilgrimage in search of place by John Hanson Mitchell( )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL is the author of five books based on a single square mile known as Scratch Flat, as well as two travel books and the biography of the early African American landscape photographer Robert A. Gilbert. A winner of the John Burroughs Award for his nature essays, Mitchell was founder and editor of Sanctuary magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2000 he won the New England Book Award in nonfiction for his Scratch Flat series. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, the location of Scratch Flat
A field guide to your own back yard by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers information about the flowers, weeds, mosses, insects, amphibians, spiders, trees, and birds found in a typical yard, and describes its seasonal ecology
The paradise of all these parts : a natural history of Boston by John Hanson Mitchell( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1614, explorer John Smith sailed into what was to become Boston Harbor and referred to the wild lands and waters around him as "the Paradise of all these parts". Within fifteen years, the Puritans were developing the tadpole shaped Shawmut Peninsula, as members of the Massachusett tribe fled. Now, nearly four hundred years later, one must wonder what remains of John Smith's "Paradise." In this work the author strolls through Boston's streets, chronicling the nonhuman inhabitants and surprisingly diverse plant life, as well as the eccentric characters he meets at various turns. Using his modern observations as a starting point, he tells the fascinating stories of the tribal leaders, naturalists, community activists, and organizations who worked to preserve nature in the city over generations, from the Victory Gardens of the Fenway to the expansive woods of Franklin Park. But much of the history is in the land itself. As he battles traffic on notorious Route 128, he considers the ancient origins of the rocks that line the highway and those that form the city's foundation. A walk across Boston Common calls to mind the Tremount Hills, flattened by seventeenth-century newcomers; only Beacon Hill remains. A stroll through the Back Bay allows him to imagine the Charles River, so polluted by sewage that it became a public nuisance and was partially covered over with a massive nineteenth-century landfill. With this natural history in mind, he explores both ancient and new green space from Chelsea to South Boston, including the greenway formed by the Big Dig
Following the sun : a bicycle pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the author's 1,500-mile journey on bicycle from the port of Cadiz to the Arctic Circle documents his adventures through southern Spain, Bordeaux, Versailles, Wordsworth's Lake District, precipitious Scottish highlands, and a Druid temple
Looking for Mr. Gilbert : the reimagined life of an African American by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding a trove of photographs from the attic of an old estate in Massachusetts, the author chronicles the life of a Harvard research assistant and presents a recreation of the cultural life of blacks in nineteenth-century Boston
An Eden of sorts : the natural history of my feral garden by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the diversity of plant and animal species that came to live and thrive on the author's land where he planted a garden a quarter century ago after removing a stand of ancient white pines
The Energy book : a look at the death throes of one energy era and the birth pangs of another( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of Massachusetts by Christopher Leahy( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking for Mr. Gilbert : the unlikely life of the first African American landscape photographer by John Hanson Mitchell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking for Mr. Gilbert is an account of the quest to uncover the heretofore unknown life of Robert A. Gilbert, an African American serving man who worked for the ornithologist William Brewster. A man of many talents, Gilbert went on to become the first African American landscape photographer
Living at the end of time by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mitchell's experiment in natural living when he built a cabin and lived without running water or electricity not in wilderness but on an undeveloped plot of land in suburbia
A guide to the seasons : a publication featuring selections from the Massahusetts Audubon Society's Curious Naturalist by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wildest place on earth ; Italian gardens and the invention of wilderness by John Hanson Mitchell( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unlikely story of how formal Italian Renaissance gardens encouraged the preservation of the American wilderness
Stray leaves : selected essays from Sanctuary magazine by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the sun : from Spain to the Hebrides by John Hanson Mitchell( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the author's 1,500-mile journey on bicycle from the port of Cadiz to the Arctic Circle documents his adventures through southern Spain, Bordeaux, Versailles, Wordsworth's Lake District, precipitious Scottish highlands, and a Druid temple
The Rose Café : love and war in Corsica by John Hanson Mitchell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While studying in Paris in 1962, John Hanson Mitchell spent a luminous six months on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Working (illegally) at the Rose Cafe in Ile Rousse, Mitchell spent his idle hours there observing the lives of the people who frequented the cafe. From a group of local card players (some with possible underworld connections, others refugees from the Second World War) to colorful continental types and a younger crowd of fellow students, Mitchell tells the stories of people spellbound by the lush charms of the island." "In the prose that has made his other books so well-loved, Mitchell captures the rhythms and intrigues of a life lived elsewhere, bringing us an insider's portrait of the shadows that loomed over postwar Corsica. He reveals in the process the island's magic at work on his own life - how it cultivated the bloom of his writing talent and shaped his sense of place."--Jacket
Travels in a vanishing empire : China 1915 to 1918 : the journals of James Archibald Mitchell by James Archibald Mitchell( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1915 to 1918 was a tumultuous period of Chinese history. In 1912, the 250-year-old Qing dynasty had been overthrown and powerful generals and political leaders were vying for power. Warlords and rebel armies were ranging the countryside; there was no effective central government, and foreign businessmen and missionaries were walled in well-defended compounds. In the midst of this chaos, a twenty-four-year-old college graduate named James Archibald Mitchell, landed in Shanghai to teach English at St John's University, the so-called Harvard of the East. Mitchell was an avid diarist, a skilled photographer and an acute observer of local customs, and whenever he had time off he set out to explore the country, the presence of warring armies and travel difficulties notwithstanding. Arch, as he was known, was brought up in Centreville, Maryland, the son of a popular Episcopalian minster, and was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was essentially a country boy, a dyed-in-the wool American with no international experience, and the storied Orient was both an inspiration and a shock to him. But as he makes clear in an early journal, his intention was to record what he saw with an objective, eye --- not an easy task for one so deeply schooled in Christianized Western culture. What emerged over the course of three years, is a very personal account of his time in China during the Warlord Period in both words and photographs, a record of peasant life, boat families, climbing and hunting expeditions, and above all, exquisite images of the Chinese people and their land. Apart from being a good, entertaining read and visual documentation, Travels in a Vanishing Empire is record of everyday Chinese life, an aspect of history that is not well covered in books about this period. It is also, although unstated, an account of the moral growth of an individual. Mitchell's travels reinforced his earliest feelings about people different than himself. He told one of his nephews after he returned home that he would now look at a person and see only another human being. After his return from the East, he joined the ministry and went on to become an early civil-rights activist
The quiet earth : thirteen essays on the interrelationship between nature and human health( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of all-new, original essays will examine the interrelationship between human health and nature. The book is an account of the emerging studies of the affiliation between our ancient connection with nature and the apparent healing powers of the natural world, everything from fields and forests, to rocks, wind, sand, and even our relationship with formerly wild but now domesticated animals." --Mass Audubon website
Catch the wind, harness the sun : 22 super-charged projects for kids by David Bonta( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kids ages 8'12 will love these 22 exciting activities and experiments focused on producing and playing with renewable energy. Projects range from the quick and simple ' like the Pie Plate Wind-Maker ' to the thrillingly large-scale, like Pedal Power, in which kids use a bicycle to power a 12-volt battery. Each activity teaches children about renewable energy and larger environmental issues. Education doesn't get more fun than this! Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun offers more than enough to get any kid charged up about renewable energy
 
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Trespassing : an inquiry into the private ownership of land
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Trespassing : an inquiry into the private ownership of landWalking towards Walden : a pilgrimage in search of placeA field guide to your own back yardThe paradise of all these parts : a natural history of BostonFollowing the sun : a bicycle pilgrimage from Andalusia to the HebridesLooking for Mr. Gilbert : the reimagined life of an African AmericanThe nature of MassachusettsFollowing the sun : from Spain to the Hebrides
Alternative Names
Hanson Mitchell, John

John Hanson Mitchell American author

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Mitchell, John H.

Languages
English (122)