By Loren Eiseley
Introduction by Gale E. Christianson
Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher
paperback • 260 pages • illustrations, bibliography
Toward the end of his life, Loren Eiseley reflected on the mystery of life, throwing light on those dark places traversed by himself and centuries of humankind. The Night Country is a gift of wisdom and beauty from the famed anthropologist and prose stylist. It describes his needy childhood in Nebraska, reveals his increasing sensitivity to the odd and ordinary in nature, an focuses on a career that turns him inward as he reaches outward for answers in old bones.
"Eiseley has met strange creatures in the night country, and he tells marvelous stories about them. The autobiographical tales keep illustrating the theses that wind through all his writing—the fallibility of sciences, the mystery of evolution, the surprise of life." —Time
Nebraska native Loren Eiseley (1907–77) was a nature science writer, philosopher, anthropologist, and educator, and was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania at his death. Gale E. Christianson, formerly a professor of history at Indiana State University, is author of Fox at the Wood's Edge: A Biography of Loren Eiseley. A graduate of Yale University, Leonard Everett Fisher is an artist who has illustrated over 260 books for young readers.
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