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The Art of the Commonplace

The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

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August 5, 2003 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 352 pages | ISBN 9781593760076
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“Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him.”—The Washington Post Book World

The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themes—an agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics, agrarian religion, and geobiography—these essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, disease, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture.

Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments?

Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality and happiness of the whole community of creation.

About The Authors

Norman Wirzba, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department at Georgetown College, is the author of The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and editor of The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry. He lives in Kentucky.

WENDELL BERRY is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Louis Bromfield Society Award, the Henry Hope Reed award, and the Franklin Founder’s Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya Berry, in Kentucky.

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"Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him."

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