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Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh von Elder, John (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.10.2012
  • Verlag: University of Virginia Press
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Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa

",Set aside your Bella Tuscanys and Year in Provences for a different kind of travel book. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa puts awalking stick in your hand and Marsh's Man and Nature in your knapsack,exploring how Italians have managed their natural and cultural heritage in ways that sustain both. John Elder's poetic meditations on land and life demonstrate that only by searching beyond ourfamiliar boundaries can we discover better ways of living back at home.",-Marcus Hall,author of Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration ",This collaboration-between George Perkins Marsh and JohnElder, between Vermont and Italy, between maple and olive-is one of the smartest, soundest,deepest books about the relationship between people and nature that I've ever read. It will bea classic.",-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature",Elder's impassioned pilgrimage shows us how to delight inmessy wilderness, to secure a curative habitation of the world, and, with Marsh, to lend ecologicalnous to our gravest task: knowing ourselves and respecting one another. Let the maple seeds andolive stones of Elder's visionary harvest restore to us a reflective and redemptoryfuture.",-from the foreword by David LowenthalThe pivotal figure inPilgrimage to Vallombrosa is the nineteenth-century diplomat and writerGeorge Perkins Marsh, generally regarded as America's first environmentalist. Like Elder,Marsh was a Vermonter, and his diplomatic career took him for some years to Italy, where, witnessingthe ecological devastation wrought upon the landscape by runaway deforestation and the plundering ofother natural resources, he was moved to produce his famous manifesto, Man and Nature. Marsh drew parallels between the despoiled Italian environment and his home landscape ofVermont, warning that the latter was vulnerable to ecological woes of a similar magnitude if notcarefully maintained and protected. In short, his was a prescient voice forstewardship. Elder follows in Marsh's footsteps along a trajectory runningfrom Vermont to Italy, and at length fetches up at the managed forest of Vallombrosa. Punctuatedthroughout with learned and genial considerations of the poetry of Wordsworth, Basho, Dante, andFrost, Elder's narrative takes up issues of sustainability as practiced locally, reports onfamily doings, and returns finally-as did Marsh's-to Vermont, where he measurestraditional stewardship values against more aggressive conservation-oriented measures such asthe expansion of wilderness areas. John Elder, Professor of English andEnvironmental Studies at Middlebury College, is the author of Reading the Mountains of Homeand The Frog Run. Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations inEcocriticism


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.10.2012
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780813934297
    Verlag: University of Virginia Press
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