The Natural History &
Antiquities of Selborne
was first published in 1789 and
has gone through many editions
since, remaining a favorite
amongst nature lovers. As for
Timothy himself, he lived with
White from 1780 until White died
in 1793. Timothy died sometime
the following year but his shell
has been preserved and can be
found somewhere in the
Natural History Museum in
London (a gloriously cavernous
Victorian building which is a
"must see" for anyone visiting
London, not least because entry
Verlyn Klikenborg works full time for the New York Times, but from a farmhouse far removed from the city. He came to be in this enviable position when the editor of the Times editorial page heard about him through "fishing buddies" and asked if he would be interested in reviving the tradition of nature writing on the editorial page. Starting as a freelancer, he was invited to join the editorial board in 1997 with a full-time job.
He is also the author of A Rural Life.
This article was originally published in March 2006, and has been updated for the
January 2007 paperback release.
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