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World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

Scott says: Berry left academia and the literary world to return to his native Kentucky to farm and write about culture, agriculture, and humanity's impact on the natural world. Truly one of our greatest critics of the post industrial, postmodern society.

The most comprehensive―and only author-authorized―Wendell Berry reader, America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living (Chicago Tribune).


In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities.


The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fireare the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.


With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy―the natural world will not allow it.


Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

Publication Date: 
May 14, 2019