In our bookstore we maintain a special section containing Wendell Berry's books because, while he writes in the categories of poetry, fiction, nature, philosophy, literary non-fiction, and economics, his work is centered around his values and beliefs rather than genre, style or approach. Here is an offering of America's great poet-philosopher, the writer who employs a gentle touch to say serious things, the Kentucky writer who should be awarded the Nobel Prize, in this generous selection of his wisdom and writings.— From Richard's 2018 Picks
The most comprehensive―and only author-authorized―Wendell Berry reader, America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living (Chicago Tribune). In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home. With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy―the natural world will not allow it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.
About the Author
Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.