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Verlyn Klinkenborg

Verlyn Klinkenborg is a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, to which he also contributes meditations about his farm in upstate New York, collected in The Rural Life. His other books include Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile. Klinkenborg has a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University.

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The American Gardener
Written by William Cobbett, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$14.00/16.99(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6737-1 (0-8129-6737-2)

Back in print after 150 years

Out of print since 1856, The American Gardener is perhaps the first classic work of American gardening literature. In it, William Cobbett, Victorian England’s greatest and most gifted journalist, draws upon his experiences during a two-year exile on a Long Island, New York, farm to lay... Read more

The Gardener's Year
Written by Karel Capek, Illustrated by Josef Capek, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75948-2 (0-375-75948-4)

From the internationally acclaimed Czech writer Karel Capek comes this beautifully written and marvelously apt account of the trials and tribulations of the gardener’s life. First published in Prague in 1929, The Gardener’s Year combines a richly comic portrait of life in the garden, narrated month by month, with a series... Read more

Heart of Darkness
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1993
$19.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42801-5 (0-679-42801-1)

In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day, Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe. On the surface, this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation. The narrator, Marlowe journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa. But there he encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and...

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Several Short Sentences About Writing
Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27941-5 (0-307-27941-3)

An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.
Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only...

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Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile
Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2007
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73753-7 (0-679-73753-7)

Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animal’s own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg has done just that in Timothy: an insightful and utterly engaging story of the world’s most famous tortoise, whose real life was observed by the eighteenth-century English curate and... Read more

Upriver and Downstream
Written by New York Times, Edited by Stephen Sautner, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | March 2010
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38259-7 (0-307-38259-1)

Upriver and Downstream gathers seventy columns about fishing—from freshwater to saltwater, from small ponds to the Great Lakes, from the Pacific Northwest to post-Soviet Russia—written for the “Outdoors” column of the New York Times.

Contributors include such celebrated names as Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, Nelson Bryant, Peter Kaminsky, Ernest Schweibert, and... Read more

Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | January 1993
$23.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41896-2 (0-679-41896-2)


By virtue of its casual, off-handedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau’s account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts is one of the signposts by which the modern mind has located itself in an increasingly bewildering world. Deeply sane...

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