Berry, Wendell - Prose & Criticism
Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II
Hardcover ISBN: 1598535544
An anthology of fiction from the American novelist, poet, farmer and activist features the entire tale of the fictional small Kentucky town of Port William in chronological order spanning from 1864 to 1945 and encompassing 23 stories and four novels.
What Are People For?
Paperback ISBN: 0865474370
Two spiritual prose poems precede more than twenty essays in which the author argues for the diversification of local economies, elucidates how art participates in our lives, and urges that humanity collectively seek harmony between human economy and nature
Paperback ISBN: 1593761643
A latest installment in the Port William series finds nine-year-old Andy traveling by bus to visit his grandparents in Port William during the holiday season of 1943, an experience that becomes a rite of passage into adulthood. Reprint.
Imagination in Place
Hardcover ISBN: 1582435626
A writer who can imagine the “community belonging to its place” is one who has applied his knowledge and citizenship to achieve the goal to which Wendell Berry has always aspired—to be a native to his own local culture. And for Berry, what is “local, fully imagined, becomes universal,” and the “local” is to know one’s place and allow the imagination to inspire and instill “a practical respect for what is there besides ourselves.” In Imagination in Place, we travel to the local cultures of several writers important to Berry’s life and work, from Wallace Stegner’s great West and Ernest Gaines’ Louisiana plantation life to Donald Hall’s New England, and on to the Western frontier as seen through the Far East lens of Gary Snyder. Berry laments today’s dispossessed and displaced, those writers and people with no home and no citizenship, but he argues that there is hope for the establishment of new local cultures in both the practical and literary sense. Rich with Berry’s personal experience of life as a Kentucky agrarian, the collection includes portraits of a few of America’s most imaginative writers, including James Still, Hayden Carruth, Jane Kenyon, John Haines, and several others.
The Long-Legged House
Paperback ISBN: 1619020017
First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career. Three essays at the heart of this volume-?The Rise,
The Memory of Old Jack
Paperback ISBN: 1582430438
In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture today.
Paperback ISBN: 1582434093
This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life "couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields." Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives readers a classic book that takes them to that storied place.