Faith in A Seed

Faith in A Seed

The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings

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Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds, one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed dispersal. The Dispersion of Seeds, which draws on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, refutes the then widely accepted theory that some plants spring spontaneously to life, independent of roots, cuttings, or seeds. As Thoreau wrote: "Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." Henry D. Thoreau's Faith in a Seed, was first published in hardcover in 1993 by Island Press under the Shearwater Books imprint, which unifies scientific views of nature with humanistic ones. This important work, the first publication of Thoreau's last manuscript, is now available in paperback. Faith in a Seed contains Thoreau's last important research and writing project, The Dispersion of Seeds, along with other natural history writings from late in his life. Edited by Bradley P. Dean, professor of English at East Carolina University and editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin, these writings demonstrate how a major American author at the height of his career succeeded in making science and literature mutually enriching.

Baker & Taylor
An anthology of Thoreau's later writings on natural history--including The Dispersion of Seeds, which draws on Darwin's theory of natural selection--discusses the role of seeds and seed dispersal in the ecological succession of plant species.

Book News
This volume is proclaimed by the publisher to be "The first new book by Thoreau published in 125 years" can we expect more to come? This previously unpublished Thoreau work, originally entitled The Dispersion of Seeds , is in essence a collection of the writer's more scientific observations. As such, the topics are often dry, but the writing is all Thoreau as he walks the reader through his many varied observations about nature and life. Pleasant reading, especially for Thoreau enthusiasts, and perhaps a few scientists. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

& Taylor

Uses Darwin's theory of natural selection to describe plant ecology

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c1993.
ISBN: 9781559631815
Branch Call Number: 818.3 THO
Characteristics: xviii, 283 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dean, Bradley P.


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Sep 30, 2017

A rather detailed, clearly written, interest encouraging, sympathy and curiosity driven book - a delight to read. Sometimes I was a little exasperated with length and the detail, such as that of the part about pines and oaks near the end, and also because he made so many references to so many species of trees that I am nearly totally ignorant about (I know what a maple looks like, but not their varieties; I know a birch, white pine (but not the varieties of pines and spruces), and that's about it). Nonetheless, it encouraged me to clear away my ignorance and plant the seeds of knowledge.


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