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Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape

Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape

by Deborah Fleming


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Winner, 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

An impassioned call for recognizing and preserving the ecological wonders of the Allegheny Plateau

Yosemite National Park, Louisiana’s bayou, the rocky coasts of New England, the desert Southwest—America’s more dramatic locations are frequently celebrated for their natural beauty, but far less has been written about Ohio’s unique and beautiful environment. Author Deborah Fleming, who has lived in rural Ohio and cared for its land for decades, shares fourteen interrelated essays, blending her own experiences with both scientific and literary research. Resurrection of the Wild discusses both natural and human histories as it focuses on the Allegheny Plateau and hill country in Ohio’s eastern counties.

These lyrical meditations delve into life on Fleming’s farm, the impacts of the mining and drilling industries, fox hunting, homesteading families, the lives of agriculturalist Louis Bromfield and John Chapman (better known as Johnny Appleseed), and Ohio’s Amish community. Fleming finds that our very concept of freedom must be redefined to include preservation and respect for the natural world. Ultimately, Resurrection of the Wild becomes a compelling argument for the importance of ecological preservation in Ohio, and Fleming’s perspective will resonate with readers both within and beyond this “forgotten” state’s borders.

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ISBN-13: 9781606353752
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 04/14/2019
Pages: 199
Sales rank: 1,103,462
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Deborah Fleming is an equestrian, mountain climber, and organic gardener who writes poetry, fiction, essays, and works of scholarship. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and Ashland University, she has published books on Yeats, Jeffers, and Synge and has edited two collections of essays on Yeats. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Resurrection of the Wild 1

2 Walking 13

3 Waiting for the Foal 18

4 Wedding Pines 35

5 The Garden 57

6 Inhabitants 78

7 John Chapman, 1774-1845 98

8 Bridge of Dreams 110

9 Thrill of the Chase 117

10 Louis Bromfield, Malabar Farm, and Faith the Earth 126

11 A Gift to Be Simple 146

12 A Tale Better Told in the Retelling 159

13 Falling Rock Area 166

14 Preservation and Freedom 175

Bibliography 183

Index 188

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