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For the Beauty of the Earth

Birding, Opera, and Other Journeys

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February 15, 2006 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781593760939
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"Urquhart’s passion for the majestic world of nature has been a driving force in his life..." —Publishers Weekly

Today, when most personal memoirs involve misery and dysfunction, it is exhilarating to encounter a life of modesty, happiness, and stability. Often when thinking of nature writers and naturalists, the image of a rough-hewn rural, rugged outdoor type wrestled into epiphany by the arms of Mother Nature comes to mind. Thomas Urquhart found a different path. He combined a classical education with a lifelong passion for opera, literature and art, but from his earliest days he was a devoted amateur naturalist. For the Beauty of the Earth begins with the lives of Urquhart’s ancestors, among them his grandmother, “a patron saint of lost causes” who cherished her signed photo of Robert E. Lee and his great aunt Catharine, arrested while protesting what she considered the judicial murder of Sacco and Vanzetti with Edna St. Vincent Millay and Marianne Moore. Through the years, birding provided Urquhart with opportunities for travel, a practical education, and a passionate place in the natural world. From the hills and fields of England-both olde and New-he takes us to Italy for “birding through the Renaissance,” then invites us to the wild landscape of the Camargue in Provence, and the villages of Mali in West Africa.

About Thomas Urquhart

THOMAS URQUHART was the executive director of the Maine Audubon Society from 1988 to 2000. Educated at Oxford University, he has worked for conservation organizations for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife and children in Falmouth, Maine.


“Urquhart’s passion for the majestic world of nature has been a driving force in his life…” —Publishers Weekly

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