The Natures of John and William Bartram

The Natures of John and William Bartram

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Slaughter has broken the confines of ordinary narrative history. . . . Books about the business of fatherhood and the trials of sonhood are very rare, and this is a fine one.
--Boston Globe
John Bartram was the greatest horticulturist and botanist of eighteenth-century America, a farmer-philosopher who won the patronage of King George III and Benjamin Franklin. His son William was a pioneering naturalist who documented his travels through the Florida wilderness in prose and drawings that inspired a generation of Romantic poets. In telling their stories, Thomas Slaughter creates a complex and compelling dual biography that is also a history of early American attitudes toward nature.
As he follows the Bartrams through their respective careers--and through the tenderness and disappointment of the father-son relationship--Slaughter examines the ways in which each viewed the natural world: as a resource to be exploited, as evidence of divine providence, as a temple in which all life was interconnected and sacred. The Natures of John and William Bartram is a major work of natural and human history--beautifully written, psychologically insightful, and full of provocative ideas concerning the place of nature in the imagination of Americans, past and present.
A fascinating page-turner that should not be missed.
--Michael Kammen, Cornell University
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679430452
0679430458
Branch Call Number: 579.92273 SL
Characteristics: xx, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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