Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton by Richard Horan (Paperback, 2011)
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- DescriptionSeeds is the chronicle of velist Richard Horan's quest to gather seeds from trees at the homes of America's most beloved authors. A heartfelt paean to the writers of America's past, Seeds is equally a wise, funny, and enthralling memoir of one man's reconnection with nature. Horan crisscrosses the country while also traversing the wide gamut of American literature, from the wooded road of yellow hemlocks leading to L. Frank Baum's childhood home in upstate New York; to the silver maples ringing Jack Kerouac's one-time house in Lowell, MA (the same majestic giants, Horan reflects, that Kerouac was likely thinking of when he wrote that felt most at peace when in the presence of trees); to the invasive tree that grew in Betty Smith's Brooklyn. Horan is a passionate, insightful, and eminently likeable narrator, and his search to connect trees and writers-and his failure, at times, to do so-as well as the generally fun tone of his adventures (he nearly gets arrested more than once) is both fascinating and endearing. Horan's destinations include the homes of: Jack Kerouac, Rachel Carson, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Henry Miller, Krishnamurti, Ken Kesey, John Muir, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O'Conr, Carson McCullers, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Thoreau and Emerson, Robert Frost, Herman Melville, Pearl S. Buck, Shirley Jackson, L. Frank Baum, Esther Forbes, Helen Keller, Tennessee Williams, Sherwood Anderson, Louis Armstrong, William S. Burroughs, Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, and William Faulkner, as well as historically significant locations such as Mount Vern, Monticello, and Gettysburg.
- Author BiographyRichard Horan is a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications. His novel Goose Music was a finalist for the Great Lakes Fiction Award and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medal. He is also the author of Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton. He lives in Oswego, New York.
- Author(s)Richard Horan
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Date of Publication15/05/2011
- SubjectNatural History: Plants
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight290 g
- Width135 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine22 mm
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