Chris Smith – Writers on the Classics #6

February 8, 2013


Page 3: ERB Editor Chris Smith on the Classics

The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

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This impassioned plea to care for creation is probably the best known of Bailey’s works, and has inspired generations of environmentalists including Wendell Berry and Norman Wirzba (who wrote the preface for the edition pictured above).  I just as easily could have included Bailey’s collection of poetry Wind and Weather on this list.

Selected Poems of John Clare

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Clare is perhaps the quintessential agrarian poet, his poems are full of the rich imagery of a life lived in harmony with the whole of creation.

Two Classics
that I want to read in 2013:

The Souls of Black Folk
By W.E.B. DuBois

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Two of the most influential books that I have read in the last five years are J. Kameron Carter’s RACE and Willie Jennings’s THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION.  But I’ve come to realize that I don’t have a very good grasp on Black Church history (or Black history in general), so this is one book I hope to tackle to deepen my understanding.


Homing With The Birds: The History Of A Lifetime Of Personal Experience With Birds
By Gene Stratton-Porter
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Stratton-Porter is one of Indiana’s preeminent nature writers, and I am eager to read her rich memoir about birding in this state and to reflect on how the bird wildlife has changed over the last century.

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