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Author photo. John Angus McPhee (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

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McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. That same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science Since 1977, the year in which McPhee received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The John McPhee Reader and the bestselling Coming into the Country appeared in print, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has published Giving Good Weight (collection, 1979), Basin and Range (1981), In Suspect Terrain (1983), La Place de la Concorde Suisse (1984), Table of Contents (collection, 1985), Rising from the Plains (1986), Heirs of General Practice (in a paperback edition, 1986), The Control of Nature (1989), Looking for a Ship (1990), Assembling California (1993), The Ransom of Russian Art (1994), The Second John McPhee Reader (1996), and Irons in the Fire (1997). Annals of the Former World was published in 1998 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. McPhee has taught at Princeton as Ferris Professor since 1975. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Annals of the Former World 1,463 copies, 23 reviews
Coming into the Country 1,388 copies, 16 reviews
The control of nature 1,244 copies, 18 reviews
Encounters with the Archdruid 965 copies, 19 reviews
Basin and Range 805 copies, 13 reviews
The Pine Barrens 760 copies, 18 reviews
Oranges 710 copies, 10 reviews
Uncommon Carriers 682 copies, 27 reviews
Assembling California 659 copies, 8 reviews
Looking for a Ship 653 copies, 7 reviews
Rising from the Plains 583 copies, 10 reviews
The John McPhee Reader 458 copies, 5 reviews
The Founding Fish 448 copies, 4 reviews
In Suspect Terrain 445 copies, 6 reviews
The Curve of Binding Energy 420 copies, 9 reviews
The Crofter and the Laird 414 copies, 7 reviews
The Survival of the Bark Canoe 405 copies, 4 reviews
Giving Good Weight 398 copies, 1 review
La Place de la Concorde Suisse 380 copies, 10 reviews
Table of Contents 377 copies, 1 review
Irons in the Fire 340 copies, 4 reviews
A Sense of Where You Are 326 copies, 5 reviews
Levels of the Game 307 copies, 5 reviews
The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed 261 copies, 6 reviews
Silk Parachute 256 copies, 5 reviews
The Ransom of Russian Art 247 copies, 5 reviews
Heirs of General Practice 135 copies, 1 review
The Second John McPhee Reader 120 copies, 1 review
The Patch 118 copies, 4 reviews
Outcroppings 20 copies
Crossing the Craton (Author) 10 copies
The Best American Essays of the Century (Contributor) 708 copies, 4 reviews
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (Contributor) 280 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (Contributor) 209 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 182 copies, 1 review
The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (Contributor) 178 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Sports Writing of the Century (Contributor) 176 copies, 1 review
Forces of Change: A New View of Nature (some editions) 93 copies
The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America (Introduction, some editions) 81 copies, 1 review
Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea (Contributor) 74 copies, 1 review
Camp (Foreword) 70 copies, 1 review

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