This Impermanent Earth: Environmental Writing from The Georgia Review
Published by: University of Georgia Press
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Published: September 2021
426 Pages, 152.00 x 228.00 x 1.10 in
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With its thirty-three essays, This Impermanent Earth charts the course of the American literary response to the twentieth century’s accumulation of environmental deprivations. Arranged chronologically from 1974 to the present, the works have been culled from The Georgia Review, long considered an important venue for nonfiction among literary magazines published in the United States.
The essays range in subject matter from twentieth-century examples of what was then called nature writing, through writing after 2000 that gradually redefines the environment in increasingly human terms, to a more inclusive expansion that considers all human surroundings as material for environmental inquiry. Likewise, the approaches range from formal essays to prose works that reflect the movement toward innovation and experimentation. The collection builds as it progresses; later essays grow from earlier ones.
This Impermanent Earth is more than a historical survey of a literary form, however. The Georgia Review’s talented writers and its longtime commitment to the art of editorial practice have produced a collection that is, as one reviewer put it, ?incredibly moving, varied, and inspiring.? It is a book that will be as at home in the reading room as in the classroom.
This collection offers its reader a chance to witness the depth of thought and the capacity for change in one collection. Nicole Walker, author of Sustainability: A Love Story