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B. Ashton Nichols

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS: As Author: Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters series. Series Editor, Marilyn Gaull. Nominated for the John Burroughs Medal and the American Publishers Prose Prize (a … Continue reading

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[Click to go to each letter of the alphabet] a–b–c–d–e–f–g–h–i–j–k–l–m–n–o–p–q–r–s–t–u–v–w–x–y–z . . . . . .A Romantic Natural History          Bibliography (Updated: 327 entries as of 9/2013) A Abernethy, John. An Enquiry into the Probability and Rationality … Continue reading

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Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth (1751-1855) was an engaged and engaging naturalist in her own right. Here she describes the spring flowers that would become the subject for perhaps her brother William‘s most famous poem: “When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow … Continue reading

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A Romantic Natural History Timeline: 1750-1859

1750: Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”; Johann Tobias Mayer, Map of the Moon 1751: Linnaeus, Philosophia Botanica 1752: Thomas Chatterton b. (d.1770); Benjamin Franklin invents lightning conductor 1753: Linnaeus, Species Plantorum; charter granted to British Museum 1755: … Continue reading

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Why a “Romantic” Natural History?

“Nature’s vast frame, the web of human things, Birth and the Grave, that are not as they were” (Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Alastor”, 1816: ll. 719-20) We often assume that Charles Darwin announced a new era in the scientific understanding of … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s Walden is the ur-text of American nature writing. Many earlier American explorers, naturalists, and authors had described the natural wonders of the new continent, but until Thoreau, no author had located “nature” at the center of one vision of … Continue reading

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the author of one of the most widely read and often redacted novels of the past two centuries. Frankenstein; or, … Continue reading

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