Verlyn Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and is the author of Making Hay and The Last Fine Time. A member of the editorial board of the New York Times, he has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. His essays on rural life are a beloved regular feature in the New York Times. He lives on a small farm in upstate New York.
This biography was last updated on 01/01/2011.
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A Conversation with Verlyn Klinkenborg
How did you stumble upon Timothy and Mr. Gilbert Whites journals?
Ive known about Gilbert Whites major workThe Natural History of Selbornesince I was a graduate student in English Literature at Princeton University. But I read Whites journalssome of the finest and most observant prose written in the 18th centuryall the way through for the first time only a few years ago. Though the journals are not well known, The Natural History of Selborne has gone through many dozens of editions and has been a favorite of readers who love natureand good writingever since it was first published in 1789.
How are humans separate from the rest of nature?
Theyre not separate at all, not in any way. Humans are animals and are subject to the fundamental environmental and population constraints that all other species on this planet are subject to. What sets us apart is that we love to believe were not subject to those constraints.
How did you decide to write the book from Timothys point of view?
It popped into my head. I was reading Whites journals four winters ago, and I was struck by how carefully he watched ...
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