The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

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Catapult, May 1, 2018 - Political Science - 368 pages
The most comprehensive―and only author-authorized―Wendell Berry reader, "America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living" (Chicago Tribune).

In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities.

The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.

With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy―the natural world will not allow it.

Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

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I don't generally read essays for entertainment. But after this introduction to the essays of Wendell Berry, I may change my habits. I'm a fan. I had heard of Berry for years, but this anthology of ... Read full review

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I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway! The essays were very interesting. Some were a bit dry but all gave me insight into his hopes for our future . #GoodreadsGiveaway Read full review

Selected pages


The Making of a Marginal Farm 1980
Nature as Measure 1989
Writer and Region 1987
Damage 1974
The Unsettling of America 1977
The Pleasures of Eating 1989
A Few Words for Motherhood 1980
The Prejudice Against Country People 2001
Quantity versus Form 2004
Feminism the Body and the Machine 1989
Family Work 1980
In Distrust of Movements 1998
Compromise Hell 2004
The Future of Agriculture 2011

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Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

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