Aldo Leopold's Odyssey
6 x 9
46 photos and illustrations
6 x 9
46 photos and illustrations
A household icon of the environmental movement, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) may be the most quoted conservationist in history. A Sand County Almanac has sold millions of copies and Leopold's writings are venerated for their perceptions about land and how people might live in concert with the whole community of life.
But who is the man behind the words? How did he arrive at his profound and poetic insights, inspiring generations of environmentalists? Building on past scholarship and a fresh study of Leopold's unpublished archival materials, Julianne Lutz Newton retraces the intellectual journey generated by such passion and intelligence.
Aldo Leopold's Odyssey illuminates his lifelong quest for answers to a fundamental issue: how can people live prosperously on the land and keep it healthy, too? Leopold's journey took him from Iowa to Yale to the Southwest to Wisconsin, with fascinating stops along the way to probe the causes of early land settlement failures, contribute to the emerging science of ecology, and craft a new vision for land use.
More than a biography, this articulate volume is a guide to one man's intellectual growth, and an inspirational resource for anyone pondering the relationships between people and the land.
"In Aldo Leopold's Odyssey, her new study of Leopold's intellect ual evolution, Julianne Lutz Newton makes us feel the loss of what might have followed A Sand County Almanac by showing us in authoritative detail what led up to it. The result is a biography of ideas, a map of how far Leopold had moved between 1909…and his death…"
The New York Times Book Review
"Aldo Leopold's Odyssey discovers new and vital meaning in the words and deeds of one of environmentalism's great prophets. A crucial book for our time!"
Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature" and "Deep Economy"
"This book provides an excellent guide to the most important conservationist thinker that we have had. It belongs on the shelf of indispensable works for understanding Leopold and for building on his legacy."
Donald Worster, author of "A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell"
"With her warm, engaging prose, Julianne Lutz Newton brings us a deeper understanding of Leopold's intellectual journey, and the lessons from the land that shaped his thinking. She skillfully weaves his insights into the cultural context of the time and the evolving consciousness of our responsibilities to the places that sustain us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of "Gathering Moss"
"Across a lifetime of study, advocacy, teaching, and writing, Aldo Leopold devoted himself to understanding and enriching the relationship between people and land. With a keen eye for historical context and contemporary influences, Julianne Lutz Newton explores important new dimensions of Leopold's experience. Her vivid narrative—equal parts history of science, intellectual biography, and environmental history—reveals what Leopold once called the 'authentic human drama' of conservation. As that drama continues to unfold, Newton has provided a compelling account of Leopold's essential role in defining its tensions and deepening its meaning."
Curt Meine, author of "Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work" and "Correction Lines"
"Though Julianne Lutz Newton's new book about Aldo Leopold is described as a biography, it is much more than that...Aldo Leopold's Odyssey fits Leopold into the larger tradition of American environmentalism, and shows him to be an essential part of its development... an invaluable look into Leopold's personal and professional life."
Chapter 1. Seed Plots
Chapter 2. Written on the Hills
Chapter 3. The Middle Border
Chapter 4. Interpreting Pharaoh's Dream
Chapter 5. An American System
Chapter 6. A Common Concept of Land
Chapter 7. Ecological Poetry
Chapter 8. The Germ and the Juggernaut
Chapter 9. Wildlife and the New Man
Chapter 10. Knowing Nature
Chapter 11. A New Kind of Conservation