Science Reference Guides
Study, Nature Writing: Past and Present
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to
front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not
learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover
that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Dedicated to Frances Jane Goldsmith, a little girl who loved nature
Abbey, Edward. Desert solitaire: a season in
the wilderness. 1st ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1968. 269
Abbey called the 1988 edition of Desert solitaire the
final and definitive edition. PS3551.B2 Z463 1988
Ackerman, Diane. The moon by whale light: and
other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whales.
1st ed. New York, Random House, c1991. 249 p.
Also: Rarest of the rare: vanishing animals, timeless worlds.
1st ed. New York, Random House, c1995. 184 p. QH75.A32 1995
American nature writers. John Elder, editor.
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, c1996. 2 v.
PS163.A6 1996 <SciRR>
Bailey, Liberty Hyde. The nature-study idea.
New York, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1903. 246 p.
The Book of naturalists: an anthology of the
best natural history. William Beebe, editor. Princeton, N.J.,
Princeton University Press, 1988. 499 p.
Originally published in 1944 by Knopf, New York. QH9.B4
Brainerd, John W. The nature observer's handbook:
learning to appreciate our natural world. Chester, Conn.,
Globe Pequot Press, c1986. 253 p.
Burgess, Thornton W. The Burgess seashore book
for children. Boston, Little, Brown and Co., 1929. 336 p.
Burroughs, John. John Burroughs' America: slections
from the writings of the Hudson River naturalist. Edited
by Farida Wiley. New York, Devin-Adair, 1951. 304 p.
Dover edition published in 1997. QH81.B936 1997
Carson, Rachel. The edge of the sea. Boston,
Houghton Mifflin, 1955. 276 p.
Also: The sense of wonder. New York, Harper & Row,
1965, c1956. 89 p. QH51.C35
This essay first published in July 1956 in Woman's home
companion under the title "Help your child to wonder." A 1998 edition was
printed by HarperCollins Publishers, New York, with an introduction by Linda
Lear and new photographs by Nick Kelsh. QH51.C35 1998
Comstock, Anna B. Handbook of nature study.
Ithaca, Comstock Pub. Associates, 1986, c1967. 887 p.
Originally published in 1939.
Cooper, Susan Fenimore. Rural hours By a lady.
New York, G. P. Putnam, 1850. 521 p.
Published also under title, "Journal of a naturalist in the
United States." 1998 edition of Rural hours edited by Rochelle Johnson
and Daniel Patterson. Athens, University of Georgia Press. 352 p. QH81.C793 1998
The Curious naturalist. 1st ed. Washington,
D.C.. National Geographic Society, c1991. 288 p.
A 1998 reprint edition is available, but is not in the Library
Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
1st U.S. ed. New York, Harper's Magazine Press, 1974. 271 p.
1998 edition published by HarperPerennial. 288 p. QH81.D56
Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. The Everglades: river
of grass. Rev. ed. St. Simons Island, Ga., Mockingbird Books,
1986 printing, c1947. 308 p.
Duda, Mark D. Virginia wildlife viewing guide.
Helena, Mont., Falcon, c1994. 95 p.
Duensing, Edward. Backyard and beyond: a guide
for discovering the outdoors. Garden, Colo., Fulcrum Pub.,
c1992. 248 p.
Durrell, Gerald M. The amateur naturalist.
New York, Knopf; distributed by Random House, 1983, c1982. 320
Also: My family and other animals. New York, Viking
Press, 1957, c1956. 273 p. QH151.D8 1956a
Edelman, Jack R. The natural classroom: a directory
of field courses, programs, and expeditions in the natural sciences.
Golden, Colo., North American Press, c1996. 278 p.
Ehrlich, Gretel. The solace of open spaces.
New York, Viking, 1985. 131 p.
PS3555.H72 Z476 1985
Ellis, Richard. Deep Atlantic: life, death,
and exploration in the abyss. 1st ed. New York, Alfred A.
Knopf, 1996. 395 p.
Ernst, Ruth Shaw. The naturalist's garden: how
to garden with plants that attract birds, butterflies, and other
wildlife. 3d ed. Old Saybrook, Conn., Globe Pequot Press,
c1996. 224 p.
Originally published in 1987 by Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa. QL59.E76
Gibson, William H. Sharp eyes: a rambler's calendar
of fifty-two weeks among insects, birds, and flowers. New
York, Harper & Brothers, 1892. 322 p.
Halle, Louis J. Spring in Washington. New
York, William Sloan Associates, Inc., 1947. 234 p.
1988 reprint available.
Headstrom, Richard. Memories from a naturalist's
notebook: a year of favorite observations in the world of nature.
New York, Prentice Hall Press, c1986. 246 p.
Hutton, Rev. W. The book of nature laid open,
in a popular survey of the phenomena and constitution of the
universe; and the appearances of nature during each month of
the year. First American from the 3d London edition. Georgetown
(D.C.), J. Milligan, 1822. 281 p.
The author's object was to lead the youthful mind to observe
and contemplate the works of the Creator and convince him "that even the vilest
weed and the meanest insect offer incontestible evidences of their Maker."
Johnson, Cathy. The naturalist's path: beginning
the study of nature. New York, Walker, c1991.
Krutch, Joseph Wood. The best nature writing
of Joseph Wood Krutch. Salt Lake City, University of Utah
Press, c1995. 384 p.
Collection of essays originally published between 1949-1970.
Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County almanac, and sketches
here and there. New York, Oxford University Press, 1987,
c1949. 228 p.
Lopez, Barry H. Arctic dreams: imagination and
desire in a northern landscape. New York, Scribner, c1986.
Lost woods: the discovered writing of Rachel
Carson. Linda Lear, editor. Boston, Beacon Press, c1998.
Also by Linda Lear: Rachel Carson: witness for nature.
1st ed. New York, H. Holt, 1997. 634 p. QH31.C33L43 1997
McPhee, John A. Coming into the country.
1st ed. New York, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1977. 438 p.
Muir, John. The wilderness world of John Muir.
Edited by Edwin Teale. Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 332 p.
Also: John Muir: the eight wilderness discovery books.
London, Diadem Books; Seattle, Mountaineers, 1992. 1030 p. QH31.M78A25 1992
The Norton book of nature writing. Robert
Finch and John Elder, editors. 1st ed. New York, W. W. Norton Press,
c1990. 921 p.
Peterson, Roger Tory. Wild America: the record
of a 30,000-mile journey around the continent by a distinguished
naturalist and his British colleague. Boston, Houghton Mifflin
Co., c1997. 434 p.
Written with James Fisher; illustrated by Roger Tory Peterson.
Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1955. QH102.P38
Quammen, David. The flight of the iguana: a
sidelong view of science and nature. New York, Delacorte
Press, 1988. 302 p.
Also: Wild thoughts from wild places. New York, Scribner, c1998.
304 p. QH81.Q18 1998
Rockwell, David B. The nature of North America:
a handbook to the continent: rocks, plants, and animals.
1st ed. New York, Berkley Books, 1998. 379 p.
Russo, Monica. Watching nature: a beginner's
field guide. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., c1998. 96 p.
Safina, Carl. Song for the blue ocean: encounters
along the world's coasts and beneath the seas. New York,
Henry Holt, 1998. 458 p.
Smith, Alison. The kids' nature almanac: great
outdoor discoveries and activities for parents and children.
New York, Crown Trade Paperbacks, c1995. 214 p.
Talmage, James E. First book of nature.
2d and rev. ed. Salt Lake City, G. Q. Cannon & Sons, 1892.
Originally published in 1888.
Teale, Edwin Way. Autumn across America: a naturalist's
record of a 20,000 mile journey through the North American autumn.
New York, Dodd, Mead, 1956. 386 p.
Also by Teale: Journey into summer: a naturalist's record
of a 19,000 mile journey through the North American summer. New York, Dodd,
Mead, 1960. 366 p. QH104.T39
North with the spring: a naturalist's record of a 17,000
mile journey with the North American spring. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1951.
366 p. QH104.T42
Wandering through winter: a naturalist's record of a 20,000
mile journey through the North American winter. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1965.
370 p. QH104.T43
Thomas, Lewis. The lives of a cell: notes of
a biology watcher. New York, Viking Press, 1974. 153 p.
Also: Medusa and the snail: more notes of a biology watcher.
New York, Viking Press, 1979. 175 p. QH311.T56 1979
Thoreau, Henry David. The illustrated Walden.
With photos from the Gleason collection. J. Lyndon Shanley, editor.
Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1973. 352 p.
Walden was first published August 9, 1854.
Also: Walden: an annotated edition. Foreword and notes
by Walter Harding. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 338 p. PS3048.A1 1995b
Verrill, A. Hyatt. Harper's book for young naturalists:
a guide to collecting and preparing specimens, with descriptions
of the life, habits and haunts of birds, insects, plants, etc. New
York and London, Harper & Brothers, 1913. 381 p.
One of the series of Harper's practical books for boys. No
mention here of girls!
The Walker's companion. Elizabeth Ferber,
et al. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, Inc., c1995. 288 p.
A Nature Company guide.
Warner, William. Beautiful swimmers: watermen,
crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. 1st ed. Boston, Little, Brown,
c1976. 304 p.
Wilds, Claudia P. Finding birds in the national
capital area. 2d ed., rev. ed. Washington, Smithsonian Institution
Press, c1992. 263 p.
QL683.W37W54 1992 <SciRR>
Wilson, Edward O. Naturalist. Washington,
D.C., Island Press/Shearwater Books, c1994. 380 p.
Compiled by Stephanie Masten Marcus