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The Resource Self-portrait with dogwood, Christopher Merrill

Self-portrait with dogwood, Christopher Merrill

Label
Self-portrait with dogwood
Title
Self-portrait with dogwood
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Merrill
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the course of researching dogwood trees, beloved poet and essayist Christopher Merrill realized that a number of formative moments in his life had some connection to the tree named-according to one writer-because its fruit was not fit for a dog. As he approached his sixtieth birthday, Merrill began to compose a self-portrait alongside this tree whose lifespan is comparable to a human's and that, from an early age, he's regarded as a talisman. Dogwoods have never been far from Merrill's view at significant moments throughout his life, helping to shape his understanding of place in the great chain of being; entwined in his experience is the conviction that our relationship to the natural world is central to our walk in the sun. The feeling of a connection to nature has become more acute as his life has taken him to distant corners of the earth, often to war zones where he has witnessed not only humankind's propensity for violence and evil but also the enduring power of connections that can be forged across languages, borders, and politics. Dogwoods teach us persistence humility and wonder. Self-Portrait with Dogwood is no ordinary memoir, but rather the work of a traveler who has crisscrossed the country and the globe in search of ways to make sense of his time here. Merrill provides new ways of thinking about personal history, the environment, politics, faith, and the power of the written word. In his descriptions of places far and near, many outside of the average American's purview-a besieged city in Bosnia, a hidden path in a Taiwanese park, Tolstoy's country house in Russia, a castle in Slovakia, a blossoming dogwood at daybreak in Seattle-the reader's understanding of the world will flourish as well"--
  • "Merrill provides new ways of thinking about personal history, the environment, politics, faith, and the power of the written word, in descriptions of a besieged city in Bosnia, Tolstoy's country house in Russia, a castle in Slovakia, and a blossoming dogwood at daybreak in Seattle."--Provided by publisher"
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Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merrill, Christopher
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3563.E74517
LC item number
A6 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Merrill, Christopher
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • NATURE / Plants / Trees
Label
Self-portrait with dogwood, Christopher Merrill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT952388124
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
viii, 251 pages
Isbn
9781595348098
Lccn
2017002856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Self-portrait with dogwood, Christopher Merrill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT952388124
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
viii, 251 pages
Isbn
9781595348098
Lccn
2017002856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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