Books & Essays
The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South
University of Georgia Press 1999
A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden
Yale University Press 1996
Archie Carr (1909-1987), the eminent naturalist, writer, and conservationist, was particularly entranced by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida, where he lived for more than fifty years. This captivating book-which includes some of his most enchanting essays-is full of memorable details and anecdotes about the flora, fauna, and humans that have inhabit Florida's colorful landscape.
Book Review #1:
When the distinguished naturalist Archie Carr first ranged through the Florida marshes, swamps, and hammocks, the state was a paradise for biologists, a relatively unexplored Eden. Florida would change greatly. And for five decades, Carr, a professor of zoology at the University of Florida who died in 1987, would write about its natural beauty and the encroachments upon it. More than two dozen essays in this collection show his writing at its best. "Carr's essays of Florida shine with charm, grandeur, and a childlike delight. This is the writing not only of a brilliant naturalist, but of a poet and of a journalist. It stands as a memoir to a breathtaking paradise, and as an eloquent call to save what's left of it. --Carl Hiaasen