The Edges of the Civilized World: A Journey in Nature and Culture (Paperback)

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Troubled by tensions that inevitably arise when civilization intrudes upon wild regions, Alison Hawthorne Deming visited some of our continent's most remote areas to answer questions that had long been on her mind. In the absence of vast frontiers, can we manage our ever-increasing numbers? How can we strike a balance with a natural world that we threaten by our very presence? With the language of a poet and the eye of a scientist, Alison Hawthorne Deming presents us with the difficult challenge of redefining our traditional notion of cultural progress and thinking of our future in new terms.

About the Author

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of two poetry collections and a book of essays, as well as the editor of "Poetry of the American West." Her first collection of poetry, "Science and Other Poems," was selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and the Pushcart Prize in Nonfiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For…

"Eloquent, lyrical, meditative...Combining a naturalist's graceful precision with a cultural anthropologist's perceptiveness, her travelogue is punctuated with luminous epiphanies." --Publishers Weekly

"[Deming is] a writer of skillful means and economy."--Kirkus Reviews

"[Deming is a ] gifted poet and essayist."--Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312204068
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: November 1st, 1999
Pages: 256