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Wendell Berry

Author of Jayber Crow

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About the Author

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, show more before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Wendell Berry

Jayber Crow (2000) 1,818 copies
Hannah Coulter (2004) 1,181 copies
What Are People For? (1990) 989 copies
The Memory of Old Jack (1974) 626 copies
A Place on Earth: A Novel (1982) 518 copies
Fidelity: Five Stories (1992) 494 copies
A Timbered Choir (1998) 475 copies
Home Economics (1987) 406 copies
Nathan Coulter (1960) 400 copies
A World Lost (1996) 308 copies
Remembering (1990) 305 copies
Standing by Words: Essays (1983) 303 copies
The Hidden Wound (1970) 298 copies
Andy Catlett: Early Travels (2006) 296 copies
Citizenship Papers: Essays (2003) 279 copies
New Collected Poems (2012) 254 copies
Given: Poems (2005) 235 copies
Another Turn of the Crank (1995) 209 copies
Our Only World: Ten Essays (2015) 198 copies
Farming: A Hand Book (1971) 173 copies
Leavings: Poems (2009) 171 copies
Watch with Me (1994) 163 copies
The Country of Marriage (1973) 145 copies
Sabbaths (1987) 118 copies
Recollected Essays (1981) 118 copies
The Long-Legged House (1971) 115 copies
Imagination in Place (2010) 105 copies
Entries (1997) 105 copies
The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) 95 copies
Window Poems (2007) 69 copies
Clearing (1977) 58 copies
The Farm (1995) 54 copies
Traveling at Home (1988) 50 copies
The Wheel (1982) 49 copies
A Part (Part Paper) (1980) 47 copies
Stand By Me (2019) 29 copies
Sayings & doings (1975) 15 copies
Gift of Gravity (1979) 12 copies
The broken ground; poems (1964) 11 copies
The Salad (1980) 10 copies
The Discovery of Kentucky (1991) 10 copies
Standing on Earth (1993) 9 copies
A Consent (1993) 8 copies
Sabbaths 1987 (1787) 6 copies
Sabbaths 2002 6 copies
Findings (1969) 5 copies
Sabbaths 2006 (2008) 5 copies
Remembering (Doing Good) (2008) 5 copies
Sabbaths, 1987-90 (1992) 4 copies
The Cumberlands (2006) 4 copies
Sabbaths 2013 4 copies
To What Listens (1975) 4 copies
Natural Gifts (2008) 4 copies
Sabbaths 2016 3 copies
The Work of Local Culture (1988) 3 copies
Daily Bread (2008) 3 copies
The landscape of harmony (1987) 3 copies
One of Us 2 copies
Hannah & Nathan (2006) 2 copies
Three memorial poems (1977) 2 copies
How It Went 1 copy
A Rainbow 1 copy
Window Poems 1 copy
Amish economy (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,383 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 416 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 393 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contributor — 329 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 277 copies
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 232 copies
The Best American Essays 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor, some editions — 181 copies
Lost Mountain (2006) — Introduction — 179 copies
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 174 copies
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (2013) — Contributor — 134 copies
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 84 copies
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 63 copies
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Contributor — 58 copies
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 49 copies
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Contributor — 39 copies
New Stories from the South 2009: The Year's Best (2009) — Contributor — 39 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food (2012) — Foreword — 29 copies
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 26 copies
Missing Mountains: We went to the mountaintop but it wasn't there (2005) — Afterword & Contributor — 26 copies
On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 20 copies
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contributor — 13 copies
Penguin Green Ideas Collection (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
Every man an artist : readings in the traditional philosophy of art (2005) — Contributor, some editions — 10 copies
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contributor — 9 copies
Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1970) — Contributor — 7 copies
An Economics of Peace — Contributor — 4 copies
Place in American Fiction: Excursions and Explorations (2005) — Contributor — 3 copies
Kayak 8 — Contributor — 1 copy
Whole Earth Review #66 (Spr. 1990) (1990) — Contributor — 1 copy
New world Writing 21 — Contributor — 1 copy
Sunstone - Vol. 11:4, Issue 60, July 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 1 copy

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In this 2nd volume, LOA attempts to present Mr. Berry's views of preserving the environment not through science but with practical application with sensible methods such as in agriculture & rural farming. It is in the sense in contrast to those who have no training in environmental or even know what it means in practical terms. Perhaps Mr. Berry's work should be heeded more & less reliance on politicians & pundits who have only their mouth.
 
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walterhistory | Apr 24, 2024 |
These poems are very personal. As in, they are all very specific to Wendell Berry. They are all told from the viewpoint of a man, specifically Wendell Berry. They are very specific to a place, eastern Kentucky. There is very little universality to be found here. And I'm confident that Berry would say that is both all right and somewhat the point.
From an artistic and technical standpoint, there are images and metaphors used many times in different poems. There is just a feeling of sameness across the collection. I cannot recommend it.… (more)
 
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Treebeard_404 | 1 other review | Apr 18, 2024 |
This book is billed as Berry's thoughts on race relations in 21st century America. And it is that, but only in part, and a smaller-than-expected part, at that. The book suffers from an infelicitous examination and defense of Robert E. Lee. I found Berry's points there less than convincing. I was tempted to abandon the book at that point. But I stuck with it and was rewarded in the final third.
The audiobook reader, Nick Offerman, is the perfect voice for Berry's work, IMO.
 
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Treebeard_404 | Mar 16, 2024 |
Based on the samples on Audible, I just could not summon the enthusiasm to commit to Berry's novels, even though they are praised by people whose opinions I respect and usually share. Then I saw this collection of essays written by Berry between the mid-60s and 2014, and read by Nick Offerman (who, I knew, is a fan of Berry's).

There are essays in here which I wish everyone could/would read. Berry brings a perspective not often heard in this country anymore. It is one he holds with a grounded (but not rabid) conviction and consistency across multiple decades. And he delivers his well-reasoned thoughts with a precision of language which leaves me in awe. Do yourself a favor: read this book.… (more)
 
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