Nature and Environmental Book Reviews

Short List of Best Nature and Environmental Books

 

 

Best of Nature Writing: American Classics

These are works that have stood (and will stand) the test of time. Many of these books have won major literary prizes, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, the Orion Society John Hay Award, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Best Book Award, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, and others.

Titles in this section are arranged alphabetically by author, rather than by title as in the other sections of SavingTheEarth.net. This makes it possible to see at a glance the focal interests of an author and the breadth of his or her published work.

Directory of Classic American Nature Writing

See Award Code Key for explanation of awards and honors.

Before Walden Page 1

Before Walden Page 2

Henry David Thoreau

John James Audubon

John Lawson

Cape Cod

William Bartram

Lewis and Clark

Collected Essays and Poems

A. Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

Alexander Philip Maximilian

Faith in a Seed

Mark Catesby

Thomas Morton

The Maine Woods

H. St. John De Crevecoeur

Thomas Nuttall

Walden

Susan Fenimore Cooper

John Kirk Townsend

Week on the Concord River

William Dunbar

Gilbert White

Wild Fruits

Ralph Waldo Emerson

William Wood

Thoreau's Journal: 1851

John Charles Fremont

Anthologies

Thoreau Biographies

Thomas Jefferson

 

Thoreau Criticism



19th Century

Since 1900 Page 1

Since 1900 Page 2

Isabella L. Bird

Edward Abbey 100

William Beebe 100

William H. Brewer

David Abram

Thomas Berry

John Burroughs

Diane Ackerman NBC

Wendell Berry JH

Charles Darwin

John Alcock JB

Henry Beston

George P. Marsh

Durward L. Allen

John Blaustein

John Muir

Walter Inglis Anderson

Marcia Bonta

John Welsey Powell

Homero Aridjis JB

Charles Bowden

Theodore Roosevelt

Mary Austin

Bruce Brown

Joshua Slocum

J. A. Baker

Steven L. Buchmann

 

Rick Bass

Alan Burdick NBA

 

Keith H. Basso

David G. Campbell JB

 

Roy Bedichek

Christopher Camuto

   

Archie Fairly Carr JB, 100



Since 1900 Page 3

Since 1900 Page 4

Since 1900 Page 5

Sally Carrighar

Lois Crisler

Colin Fletcher

David M. Carroll JB

Jan DeBlieu JB

David R. Foster

Rachel Carson NBA, JB, 100

William deBuys PP

James Galvin

Douglas H. Chadwick

Vincent G. Dethier JB

Jane Goodall

Craig Childs

Annie Dillard NBC, PP

S. J. Gould NBA, NBC, PP

Michael P. Cohen

J. Frank Dobie

Wallace Byron Grange JB

Christopher Cokinos

M. Stoneman Douglas 100

John Graves NBA

Frank C. Craighead, Jr. 100

David James Duncan NBA

Bill Green JB

 

Gretel Ehrlich

Jay Griffiths OBA

 

Loren Eiseley NBA

John A. Haines

 

Michael Engelhard

Gunnar Hansen

 

Robert Finch

John Hay JH, JB



Since 1900 Page 6

Since 1900 Page 7

Since 1900 Page 8

Bernd Heinrich NBA, JB

Joseph Wood Krutch NBA

Peter Mattheissen JB, NBA, NBC

Edward Hoagland NBA, NBC

Dolores Lachapelle

Gavin Maxwell

Helen Hoover

Ken Lamberton JB

Bill McKibben

Tom Horton JB

Ronald M. Lanner

Thomas McNamee

Sue Hubbell

Gretchen Legler ASLE

John McPhee PP, NBC, JB, NBA

Cynthia Huntington

Aldo Leopold 100

 

Florence Page Jaques JB

David Leveson NBA

 

Josephine Winslow Johnson

Ted Levin JB

 

Kenn Kaufman

Ann Linnea

 

Rockwell Kent

William Longgood

 

Laurence Kilham JB

Barry Lopez JH, NBA, NBC, JB

 

Robin Wall Kimmerer JB

John Madson

 

Gilbert C. Klingel JB

Robert Marshall

 

Donald Kroodsma JB

Anne Matthews PP

 


Since 1900 Page 9

Since 1900 Page 10

Since 1900 Page 11

Ellen Meloy PP, JB, NBC

Roderick Nash

Robert Michael Pyle JB

W. S. Merwin JH, NBA

Richard Nelson JB

David Quammen JB

Enos A. Mills

Adam Nicolson

Jonathan Raban NBC

John Hanson Mitchell

Jim Nollman

Janisse Ray ABA

Bernard Moitessier

Kenneth S. Norris

Chet Raymo LLA

N. Scott Momaday PP

Dan O'Brien

Marc Reisner NBC

Bradley John Monsma

Charlton Ogburn, Jr. JB

David Roberts

Adolph Murie JB

Mary Oliver PP, NBA

John J. Rowlands

Margaret Murie 100

Sigurd Olson JB, 100

Jack Rudloe

Gary Paul Nabhan JB

Mark & Cordelia Owens JB

Everett Ruess

 

Craig Packer JB

Carl Safina JB, LLA, 100

 

Doug Peacock

George Schaller NBC, NBA, 100

 

Donald Peattie

 

 

Michael Pollan BS, NBC

 


Since 1900 Page 12

Since 1900 Page 13

Since 1900 Page 14

A. W. Schorger

Stephen Trimble

Ann Zwinger JH, JB

Carolyn Servid

Jack Turner

 

Paul Shephard

Linda Underhill

 

Leslie Marmon Silko

John C. Van Dyke

 

George L. Small NBA

David Rains Wallace JB

 

Gary Snyder NBC, B, NBA, PP

William W. Warner PP

 

Kim R. Stafford

Scott Weidensaul PP

 

T. Stanwell-Fletcher JB

Jonathan Weiner PP, NBC

 

Wallace Stegner NBA, 100

Alan Weisman NBC

 

John Steinbeck NP

Lew Welch

 

Peter Steinhart

T. H. White

 

John Tallmadge

Terry Tempest Williams

 

John and Mildred Teal

E. O. Wilson PP, NBC, 100

 

Lewis Thomas NBA, PP

   

Stephen D. Thomas

   

Patrick Tierney NBA

   

Tim Traver

   

James Trefil

   

Award Code Key

100 Listed in "100 Champions of Conservation in the 20th Century by the Audubon Society

LLA Lannon Literary Award for Nonfiction

ABA American Book Award

NP Nobel Price for Literature

ASLE ASLE Best Book of Environmental and Creative Writing

NBA National Book Award Winner or Finalist

B Bollingen Prize for Poetry

NBC National Book Critics Circle Award Winner or Finalist

BS Book Sense Book of the Year

OBA Orion Book Award

JB John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing

PP Pulitzer Prize Winner or Finalist

JH Orion Society John Hay Award

 


 

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