Donald Culross Peattie


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(1898–1964), graduated from Harvard (1922) and served with the Department of Agriculture. His books vary from scientific studies of botany to popular nature studies. The best known of the latter are Singing in the Wilderness: A Salute to John James Audubon (1935); An Almanac for Moderns (1935) and its “pendant,” A Book of Hours (1937), records of a sensitive mind reacting to the wonders of nature; Green Laurels: The Lives and Achievements of the Great Naturalists (1936); A Prairie Grove (1938), tracing the history of an acre of American soil; Flowering Earth (1939); and A Natural History of Trees (1950). Other books include Forward the Nation (1942), on the Lewis and Clark expedition; Journey into America (1943), sketches of the National spirit; Immortal Village (1945), on the Provençal town of Vence, near which he lived in the 1920s; other books of travel; books for children; and four novels; Up Country (1928), with his wife Louise Redfield Peattie; Port of Call (1932); Sons of the Martian (1932); and The Bright Lexicon (1934). The Road of a Naturalist (1941) is his autobiography.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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