The Ends of the Earth : Essays by W. S. Merwin (2005, Paperback)
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|Merwin has gathered eight essays--including a memoir of George Kirstein, publisher of The Nation, and one of Sydney Parkinson, explorer, naturalist and artist on Captain James Cook's Endeavour--that show the breadth of his imagination and sympathy.|
W. S. Merwin is widely acknowledged as one of the finest living poets in English. Less well known is the power and range of his work in prose. For his first new prose collection in more than ten years, The Ends of the Earth, Merwin has gathered eight essays that show the breadth of his imagination and sympathy. A memoir of George Kirstein, publisher of "The Nation," stands alongside one of Sydney Parkinson, explorer, naturalist and artist on Captain James Cook's Endeavour. A wonderful portrait of the French explorer of Hawai'i, Jean-Francois Galaup de La Perouse is followed by a visit to the Neanderthal skeleton of Boffia Bonneval. There are treks through the Hawaiian forests, to the Holy Mountain of Athos, and with the butterflies in Mexico. For this magical and wondrous journey we have as our guide the excited and concise poet-naturalist, writing at the top of his form.
|Author||W. S. Merwin|
|Number Of Pages||288 pages|
|"Diverse collection of essays on topics ranging from 18th-century explorers to monasteries and butterflies, all of which Merwin makes fascinating. His prose, glinting and gracious, pulses with the warmth that comes from being truly captivated by a subject."|
"Poignant, ironic, often beautiful, with wonderful subtleties and textures--a true gift of the fine prose from a fine poet, and a delightful book."