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A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619026162
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 14th, 2016

"Thoreau would be gratified . . . Here are Sabbath Poems that praise the given life." --Lexington Herald-Leader

" Berry's poems] shine with a gentle wisdom of a craftsman who has thought deeply about the paradoxical strangeness and wonder of life." --The Christian Science Monitor


Roots to the Earth: Poems and a Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619027800
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

In 1995, Wendell Berry's Roots to the Earth was published in portfolio form by West Meadow Press. The wood etchings of celebrated artist and wood engraver, Wesley Bates, were printed from the original wood blocks on handmade Japanese paper. In 2014, this work was reprinted at Larkspur Press, along with additional poems.


Our Only World: Ten Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619027008
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

"Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely focus on . . . In one sense Berry is the voice of a rural agrarian tradition that stretches from rural Kentucky back to the origins of human civilization.


Our Only World: Ten Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024885
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 10th, 2015

"Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely focus on . . . In one sense Berry is the voice of a rural agrarian tradition that stretches from rural Kentucky back to the origins of human civilization.


Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025462
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 12th, 2015

"The letters are valuable for ecologists, students, and teachers of contemporary American literature and for those of us eager to know how these two distant neighbors networked, negotiated, and remained friends." --San Francisco Chronicle


Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619023055
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 3rd, 2014

"The letters are valuable for ecologists, students, and teachers of contemporary American literature and for those of us eager to know how these two distant neighbors networked, negotiated, and remained friends." --San Francisco Chronicle


The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025998
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Since its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline. Today's agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families.


Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024250
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 11th, 2014

Tom Pohrt spent years gathering poems by Wendell Berry that he thought children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Terrapin is the result, a volume of twenty-one poems with dozens of sketches, drawings, and watercolors.


Terrapin: Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619025790
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry's he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Over the past several years a dialogue has evolved in which the poet has come to advise the illustrator on the natural history of the animals and plants seen so intimately in the poems.


Citizenship Papers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024472
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 1st, 2014

"The courage of a book, it has been said, is that it looks away from nothing. Here is a brave book." ―The Charlotte Observer

"Berry says that these recent essays mostly say again what he has said before. His faithful readers may think he hasn't, however, said any of it better before." ―Booklist (starred review)


Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781582435435
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 18th, 2009

Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. A progenitor of the slow food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. "Eating is an agriculture act," he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy.


What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Herman Daly (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781582436067
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 18th, 2010

"The reasoned and insistent exhortations of a man with a cause who, rather than mellowing with age and wisdom, continues to grow in forcefulness and vision." --Booklist


The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760076
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 5th, 2003

"Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him." --The Washington Post Book World


Selected Poems of Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430379
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 6th, 1999

The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry gathers one hundred poems written between 1957 and 1996. Chosen by the author, these pieces have been selected from each of nine previously published collections. The rich work in this volume reflects the development of Berry's poetic sensibility over four decades.


What Are People For?: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434872
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 25th, 2010

Ranging from America's insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and America's attitude toward waste, here Berry gracefully navigates from one topic to the next. He speaks candidly about the ills plaguing America and the growing gap between people and the land.


Leavings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582436241
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 1st, 2011

"Berry has become ever more prophetic . . . In the Sabbaths of 2005-08 published here, Berry angrily mourns the degradation of the nation wrought by destruction of the land and the pursuit of wealth and power.


A Timbered Choir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430065
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 19th, 1999

Berry's Sabbath Poems embrace much that is elemental to human life--beauty, death, peace, and hope. In his preface, Berry writes about the growing audience for public poetry readings. While he sees poetry in the public eye as a good thing, Berry asks us to recognize the private life of the poem.


Memory of Old Jack Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430430
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 8th, 1999

Old Jack, born just after the American Civil War and dying in contemporary times, spends one beautiful September day in Port William, his home since birth, remembering.

The story tells of the most searing moments of Old Jack's life, particularly his debt to his sister Nancy and her husband Ben Feltner, Old Jack's model of what an honorable manhood and strength might be.


The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761196
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 1st, 2006

The continuing war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the political sniping engendered by the Supreme Court nominations--contemporary American society is characterized by divisive anger, profound loss, and danger. Wendell Berry, one of the country's foremost cultural critics, responds with hope and intelligence in a series of essays that tackle the major questions of the day.


Given: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761073
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 1st, 2006

For five decades Wendell Berry has been a poet of great clarity and purpose. He is an award-winning writer whose imagination is grounded by the pastures of his chosen place and the rooms and porches of his family's home. In Given, the work is as rich and varied as ever before.


That Distant Land: The Collected Stories Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 24th, 2005

Originally published in 2005, That Distant Land brings together twenty-three stories from the Port William Membership.


Fidelity: Five Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679748311
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 28th, 1993

"Berry richly evokes Port William's farmlands and hamlets, and his characters are fiercely individual, yet mutually protective in everything they do. . . . His sentences are exquisitely constructed, suggesting the cyclic rhythms of his agrarian world."--New York Times Book Review.


A Place on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431246
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 17th, 2001

Published in 1967, we return to Port William during the Second World War to revisit Jayber Crow, the barber, Uncle Stanley, the gravedigger, Jarrat and Burley, the sharecroppers, and Brother Preston, the preacher, as well as Mat Feltner, his wife Margaret, and his daughter-in-law Hannah, whose son will be born after news comes that Hannah's husband Virgil is missing.


Imagination in Place: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437064
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 1st, 2011

"Berry's latest collection of essays is the reminiscence of a literary life. It is a book that acknowledges a lifetime of intellectual influences, and in doing so, positions Berry more squarely as a cornerstone of American literature . . . A necessary book. Here, Berry's place as the 'grandfather of slow food' or the 'prophet of rural living' is not questioned.


Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Davis Te Selle (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781582436401
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 1st, 2010

Whitefoot is a field mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives within a cozy enclave of family at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of her world.


Standing by Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437453
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2011

In six elegant, linked literary essays, Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between the words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals and their communities from the land.


Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays Cover Image
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 13th, 1994

In this new collection of essays, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America's most necessary social commentators. With wisdom and clear, ringing prose, he tackles head-on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century.


Another Turn of the Crank Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437460
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2011

"A Kentucky farmer and writer, and perhaps the great moral essayist of our day, Berry has produced one of his shortest but also most powerful volumes." ―The New York Review of Books


Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431413
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 19th, 2001

" A] scathing assessment . . . Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science . . . Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today." ―The Washington Post


The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760922
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - February 2nd, 2006

Only someone who values land enough to farm a hillside for more than thirty years could write about a wild place so lovingly. Wendell Berry just as easily steps into Kentucky's Red River Gorge and makes the observations of a poet as he does step away to view his subject with the keen, unflinching eye of an essayist.


The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437149
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 1st, 2011

"Generously quoting many of Williams' best lines, tenderly confessing when he doesn't understand Williams (e.g., Williams' elusive 'variable foot'), and referring to his own life and work to clarify what he thinks about Williams, Berry produces a work of aesthetics more than evaluation, of love more than critique." --Booklist


Nathan Coulter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434094
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 1st, 2008

Nathan Coulter, Wendell Berry's first book, was published in 1960 when he was twenty-seven.


The Mad Farmer Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Abigail Rorer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781593761769
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Published: Counterpoint - November 1st, 2008

During the otherwise quiet course of his life as a poet, Wendell Berry has become "mad" at what contemporary society has made of its land, its communities, and its past. This anger reaches its peak in the poems of the Mad Farmer, an open-ended sequence he's found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts.


Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings about Love, Compassion and Forgiveness Cover Image
By Wendell Berry (Compiled by)
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ISBN: 9781593761004
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 4th, 2005

Unfortunately, on occasions too frequent and destructive to enumerate, the teachings of Christ have been either ignored or distorted by the very people calling themselves Christian. Whether directed towards social intolerance or attitudes of warlike aggression, these right-wing citizens have claimed a power of influence that far exceeds their numbers.


The Hidden Wound Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434865
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 18th, 2010

"A profound, passionate, crucial piece of writing . . . Few readers, and I think, no writers will be able to read it without a small pulse of triumph at the temples: the strange, almost communal sense of triumph one feels when someone has written truly well . . . The statement it makes is intricate and beautiful, sad but strong." ―The Washington Post


The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434841
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 1st, 2009

The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still true and the solutions no nearer to hand. The insistent theme of this book is the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness of people, land, weather, animals, and family. To touch one is to tamper with them all.


Remembering Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434155
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 1st, 2008

Published in 1990 by the legendary North Point Press, this is a poetic novel of despair, hope, and the redemptive power of work. After losing his hand in an accident, Andy Catlett confronts an agronomist whose surreal vision can see only industrial farming.


Window Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Wesley Bates (Illustrator), James Baker Hall (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582436234
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 1st, 2010

Composed while Wendell Berry looked out the multipaned window of his writing studio, this early sequence of poems contemplates Berry's personal life as much as it ponders the seasons he witnessed through the window.


Home Economics: Fourteen Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434858
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 1st, 2009

"Wherever we live, however we do so, we desperately need a prophet of responsibility; and although the days of the prophets seem past to many of us, Berry may be the closest to one we have. But, fortunately, he is also a poet of responsibility. He makes one believe that the good life may not only be harder than what we're used to but sweeter as well." ―The New York Review of Books


Andy Catlett: Early Travels Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 1st, 2007

Nine-year-old Andy Catlett embarks on a trip going alone by bus to visit his grandparents. It is Christmas 1943 and--as he sees modern life crowding out the old ways--those he meets become touchstones for his understanding of a precious and imperiled world.


The Long-Legged House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760137
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Published: Counterpoint - December 1st, 2003

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.


Citizenship Papers: Essays Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint - August 1st, 2004

Citizenship papers, n 1. Materials prepared for presentation to authorities when making an application for citizenship. 2. Documents presented as proof of citizenship.


A World Lost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434186
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 1st, 2008

In this, Wendell Berry's fifth novel and ninth work of fiction, Andy Catlett revisits his own ninth year in the summer of 1944 when his beloved uncle is shot and killed by the surly and mysterious Carp Harmon. This is his Uncle Andrew, after whom the boy is named, someone who savored "company, talk, some kind of to-do, something to laugh at."


My Mercy Encompasses All: The Koran's Teachings on Compassion, Peace & Love Cover Image
By Reza Shah-Kazemi (Notes by), Wendell Berry (Foreword by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781593761448
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - September 1st, 2007

If the concept of divine unity dominates the mind, it is the principle of divine compassion that rules the heart in Islam. Contrary to the harsh stereotypes of Islam-fostered both by fanatics within the religion itself, and by biased critics-the culture of this religion is steeped in the ambience generated by mercy and compassion, expressions of divine love.


Entries Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781887178372
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 1st, 1997

In these poems written over the past decade Wendell Berry combines plainspoken elegance with deeply felt emotion--this is work of both remembrance and regeneration. Whether writing as son of a dying father or as father of a daughter about to be wed, Berry plumbs the complexities of conflict, grief, loss, and love.


Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work Cover Image
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - June 27th, 1997

"Includes 20 color plates of Hubbard's own paintings, along with several photographs of Anna and Harlan Hubbard. Wendell Berry is also the author of Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy. See other books in the series Blazer Lectures.


Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813123271
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - September 24th, 2004

"In 1973, James Baker Hall photographed these scenes and events of a Kentucky tobacco harvest.


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New Collected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619021525
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2013

Here, Wendell Berry revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which The New York Times Book Review described as "a straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament, and family life" and " returns] American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose." In New Collected Poems, Berry reprints the nearly two hundr


It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture & Other Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619021143
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 11th, 2012

When he accepted the invitation to deliver the Jefferson Lecture--our nation's highest honor for distinguished intellectual achievement--Wendell Berry wanted a fresh start, not only in looking at the groundwork of the problems facing our nation and the earth itself, but in gaining hope from some examples of repair during Late Capitalism.


A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619020009
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 8th, 2012

"This book is broad and leisurely and important. Something like the river itself on which Wendell Berry lives. It is full of wide and flowing thoughts and one thing leads to another in the manner that nature intended―or used to.


The Country of Marriage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619021082
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 26th, 2013

First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is Wendell Berry's fifth volume of poetry. What he calls "an expansive metaphor" is "a farmer's relationship to his land as the basic and central relation of humanity to creation . . . Similarly, marriage is the basic and central community tie . . .


A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619020498
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 23rd, 2012

The story of the community of Port William is one of the great works in American literature. This collection, the tenth volume in the series, is the perfect occasion to celebrate Berry's huge achievement.


Two More Stories of the Port William Membership Cover Image
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Published: Gnomon Press - January 1st, 1997

Fiction. Two stories of rural life from the author of WATCH WITH ME and FIDELITY, newly available in paperback from Gnomon. As a celebrator of the land and the turning of the seasons that govern us still, Wendell Berry is, indeed, our writer for all seasons -- Wade Hall, Lexington Herald-Leader.


Sayings & Doings and an Eastward Look Cover Image
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Published: Gnomon Press - January 1st, 1990

New Collected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2013

Here, Wendell Berry revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which The New York Times Book Review described as "a straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament, and family life" and " returns] American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose." In New Collected Poems, Berry reprints the nearly two hundr


Jayber Crow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431604
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 30th, 2001

"This is a book about Heaven," says Jayber Crow, "but I must say too that . . . I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell." It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town's barber.