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For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth: Birding, Opera and Other Journeys

Thomas Urquhart (Geography, 1964)

Thomas Urquhart combines a classical education with a lifelong passion for opera, literature and art. And from his earliest days he has been a devoted, devotedly amateur, naturalist. In For the Beauty of the Earth Urquhart begins with the lives of ancestors—his grandmother, “a patron saint of lost causes” who cherished her signed photo of Robert E. Lee, his great aunt Catharine, arrested with Edna St. Vincent Millay while protesting what she considered the judicial murder of Sacco and Vanzetti, and even back to the great 17th-century translator of Rabelais, Sir Thomas Urquhart, who, it is said, died of laughing. From the hills and fields of England – both olde and New – he takes us to Italy for “birding through the Renaissance,” then invites us to the wild landscape of the Camargue in Provence, and the villages of Mali in West Africa. Through the years, birding has provided Urquhart with his opportunities for travel, his practical education and his passionate place in the natural world. To buy this book, please click herefor UK residents or here for US residents.


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