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Title:
The tree where man was born
Author:
Matthiessen, Peter.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1995.

©1972
Physical Description:
430 pages : illustrations, maps. ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780140239348
Format :
Book

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Central Library QH195.A23 M38 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.


Author Notes

Peter Matthiessen was born in Manhattan, New York on May 22, 1927. He served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He graduated with a degree in English from Yale University in 1950. It was around this time that he was recruited by the CIA and traveled to Paris, where he became acquainted with several young expatriate American writers. In the postwar years the CIA covertly financed magazines and cultural programs to counter the spread of Communism. While in Paris, he helped found The Paris Review in 1953.

After returning to the United States, he worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat. His first novel, Race Rock, was published in 1954. His other fiction works include Partisans, Raditzer, Far Tortuga, and In Paradise. His novel, Shadow Country, won a National Book Award. His novel, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, was made into a movie.

He started writing nonfiction after divorcing his first wife. An assignment for Sports Illustrated to report on American endangered species led to the book Wildlife in America, which was published in 1959. His travels took him to Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, New Guinea, the Florida swamps, and beneath the ocean. These travels led to articles in The New Yorker as well as numerous nonfiction books including The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons of Stone Age New Guinea, Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark, The Tree Where Man Was Born, and Men's Lives. The Snow Leopard won the 1979 National Book Award for nonfiction. He died from leukemia on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

A National Book Award finalist upon its initial release in 1972, this work chronicles several of Matthiessen's trips throughout East Africa. Using a part natural history, part travelog format, he chronicles the range of people he met (from native tribespeople to field biologists), the wildlife encountered, and the dramatic landscape of the countryside. Matthiessen is a graceful writer; the text sports an intro by Jane Goodall.-Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," BookSmack! 9/2/10 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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