Today (October 26th) marks the birthday of one of the most significant living writers here in Indiana, Scott Russell Sanders. Best known for his essays, Sanders has also written fiction, and picture books for children. His work will be of interest to readers of Wendell Berry’s work.
LISTEN to a talk that Sanders gave
on the importance of Public Libraries
Scott Russell Sanders’
Favorite Classics to Re-Read
In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
In the hands of award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders, the essay becomes an inquisitive and revelatory form of art. In 30 of his finest essays―nine never before collected―Sanders examines his Midwestern background, his father’s drinking, his opposition to war, his literary inheritance, and his feeling for wildness. He also tackles such vital issues as the disruption of Earth’s climate, the impact of technology, the mystique of money, the ideology of consumerism, and the meaning of sustainability. Throughout, he asks perennial questions: What is a good life? How do family and culture shape a person’s character? How should we treat one another and the Earth? What is our role in the cosmos? Readers and writers alike will find wisdom and inspiration in Sanders’s luminous and thought-provoking prose.
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