Wedding the Wild Particular: Essays (Paperback)

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Wedding the Wild Particular: Essays (Paperback)


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"I taught undergraduates for forty-five years (the last thirty at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee), and for most of those years I spent as much time as possible outside.  I hunted as much as I could, and I fished some.  I also spent time in the woods of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi just walking around looking at things that caught my eye and trying to understand.  Outdoor life and academic life for me have been intimately connected, and this collection of essays explores that connection.  The essays in Wedding the Wild Particular make plain the sheer delight I have taken in the primary world and the degree to which that delight has enriched my academic vocation.  They make what I believe is a coherent argument for the importance of natural literacy in the intellectual life."
--Robert Benson

ROBERT BENSON taught undergraduates for forty-five years and recently retired from the University of the South. He divides his time between Sewanee and the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Product Details ISBN: 9781933896854
ISBN-10: 193389685X
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication Date: July 6th, 2012
Pages: 224
Language: English

“Robert Benson’s essays, personal but tough-minded, draw the reader into  a sensibility that  feels  and understands the landscape  (particularly of  the Gulf Coast), hunting, English letters, friendship, and the faith so ancient and so new.”
--D.E. Richardson

“The personal essays in Wedding the Wild Particular examine with sensitivity and poignancy the thought processes of people who hunt, and Benson recognizes that the entire exercise and those who participate in it are living on borrowed time.”
—Tom Kelly
author of The Tenth Legion

“Robert Benson is a scholar, a teacher, a poet, and—not least—a hunter, who not only delights in the wild particulars of the natural world but finds them essential for his writing and teaching.”
—John Shelton Reed