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Sex and the River Styx
 
 
Author
Edward Hoagland. Howard Frank Mosher, foreword.
Publisher Chelsea Green  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781603583374
Pages/Publication Date 247/2011
Daedalus Item Code 40076
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A widely traveled and experienced observer of both human nature and the natural world, Edward Hoagland has been called the best essayist of his time by such writers as John Updike, Philip Roth, Edward Abbey, and Robert Stone. In this collection the 78-year-old writer reflects on aging, love, and sex in a profoundly personal, often surprising way, and evokes the wonder of wild places along with the despair of losing them.

"Naturalist, novelist, and prolific essayist Hoagland describes his love affair with nature, given a fresh twist by his conviction that 'human nature is interstitial with nature, and not to be shunned by a naturalist.' Thus he describes his travels to Uganda, China, India; summers while young working with the circus, or when older sitting in the senior center, all in the same keen, graphic detail with which he observes cedar waxwings passing a wild cherry tree. Hoagland's range is capacious—political dissent, Tibetan barley, his stutter, overpopulation, his wives, his pique at becoming 'a dirty old man' exciting his intellect and eliciting frank, deeply felt confessions. While rarely aphoristic or witty, Hoagland's prose sings. Extensive in range, intensive in passion, the direction of these 13 essays is inexorably toward the River Styx of the title—lament and a perverse satisfaction."—Publishers Weekly

 
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