The Long-Legged House: Essays by Wendell Berry

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First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career. Three essays at the heart of this volume―"The Rise," "The Long-Legged House," and "A Native Hill"―are essays of homecoming and memoir, as the writer finds his home place, his native ground, his place on earth. As he later wrote, "What I stand for is what I stand on," and here we see him beginning the acts of rediscovery and resettling.

Table of Contents:
I. The Tyranny of Charity -- The Landscaping of Hell: Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky -- Postscript, July, 1968: A Land Set Aside -- The Nature Consumers -- II. The Loss of the Future -- A Statement against the War in Vietnam -- Some Thoughts on Citizenship and Conscience in Honor of Don Pratt -- III. The Rise -- The Long-Legged House -- A Native Hill.

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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Pub Date: May 15, 2012

0.8" H x 8.0" L x 5.0" W

240 pages

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