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Award—winning nature writer Edward Hoagland explores the people, places, events, and themes that have shaped him and work in this luminous memoir of a life richly lived.
From his childhood in rural Connecticut to some of the earth’s last remaining wilderness, from New York parties to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Animal Department, through literary friendships with such as John Berryman, Edward Abbey, and Archibald MacLeish that endured and marriages that didn’t, Compass Points is an entertaining and moving account of the days and nights of one of our most prescient literary voices.
“Ablaze with wonder in nature but also at the glorious mess of the human condition.”–The Washington Post Book World
“The precision with which Hoagland sees and the appetite with which he explores are staggering.”–Philip Roth
“A poignant and substantive summing up of the life and work of one of the finest writers this nation has produced.”–The Oregonian