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A Sand County almanac, and sketches here and there
1989
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Summary
This special edition of the highly acclaimed A Sand County Almanac commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Aldo Leopold, one of the foremost conservationists of our century. First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty andvigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.The volume includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another section that gathers together the informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled around the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; anda final section in which Leopold addresses more formally the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remainsas relevant today as it was forty years ago.
Table of Contents
IntroductionThe Delights and Dilemmas of a Sand County Almanacp. xv
Part IA Sand County Almanac
January
January Thawp. 3
February
Good Oakp. 6
March
The Geese Returnp. 18
April
Come High Waterp. 23
Drabap. 26
Bur Oakp. 26
Sky Dancep. 30
May
Back from the Argentinep. 34
June
The Alder Forkp. 37
July
Great Possessionsp. 41
Prairie Birthdayp. 44
August
The Green Pasturep. 51
September
The Choral Copsep. 53
October
Smoky Goldp. 54
Too Earlyp. 59
Red Lanternsp. 62
November
If I Were the Windp. 66
Axe-in-Handp. 67
A Mighty Fortressp. 73
December
Home Rangep. 78
Pines above the Snowp. 81
65290p. 87
Part IISketches Here and There
Wisconsin
Marshland Elegyp. 95
The Sand Countiesp. 101
Odysseyp. 104
On a Monument to the Pigeonp. 108
Flambeaup. 112
Illinois and Iowa
Illinois Bus Ridep. 117
Red Legs Kickingp. 120
Arizona and New Mexico
On Topp. 122
Thinking Like a Mountainp. 129
Escudillap. 133
Chihuahua and Sonora
Guacamajap. 137
The Green Lagoonsp. 141
Song of the Gavilanp. 149
Oregon and Utah
Cheat Takes Overp. 154
Manitoba
Clandeboyep. 158
Part IIIThe Upshot
Conservation Estheticp. 165
Wildlife in American Culturep. 177
Wildernessp. 188
The Land Ethicp. 201
About the Authorp. 227
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