Natural History of Selborne (Penguin Nature Classics
Series) by Gilbert
White, Richard Mabey, Edward Hoagland (Introduction).
Gilbert White's beautifully written evocation of the natural
world of Selborne based on his correspondence with two
distinguished naturalists of the day has endured in popularity
since its first publication in 1788-9. Suggesting that the lives
of birds and animals have their own richness and rhythm, White's
book, more than any other, has shaped our everyday view of the
relations between humans and nature.
One of the most perfectly realized celebrations of
nature in the English language, The Natural History of Selbourne (1789)
captures the "minute particulars" of daily life in an
eighteenth century Hampshire parish.
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