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A Week in Literary History

February 23rd, 2002

American writer John McPhee (Coming into the Country, 1977) is born in Princeton, N.J., 1931.

John McPhee, b. March 8, 1931

mcphee.jpgSince the Sixties McPhee has been turning out his inimitable books on a huge range of subjects: the produce market, basketball, aviation, marine shipping, volcanos in Iceland, the art market, geology… the list goes on. To each he brings immense curiosity and the ability to find a fascinating spokesman and guide. We’ve listed most of his books below, leaving out only a couple in his series on American geology, the one area in which he occasionally allows textbook material to dominate. You cannot fail to learn, and to enjoy learning, with McPhee’s books.

Suggested Reading A Sense of Where You Are, 1965. The Headmaster, 1966. Oranges, 1967. The Pine Barrens, 1968. A Roomful of Hovings, 1968. Levels of the Game, 1969. The Crofter and the Laird, 1970. Encounters with the Archdruid, 1971. The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed, 1973. The Curve of Binding Energy, 1974. Pieces of the Frame, 1975. The Survival of the Bark Canoe, 1975. Coming into the Country, 1977. Giving Good Weight, 1979. Basin and Range, 1981. La Place de la Concorde Suisse, 1984. Table of Contents, 1985. The Control of Nature, 1989. Looking for a Ship, 1990. The Ransom of Russian Art, 1994. Irons in the Fire, 1997. The Founding Fish, 2002. Uncommon Carriers, 2006.

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