The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader
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John Hay is one of the rare writers of any genre into whose work you can dip anywhere and be immediately swept along by the narrative. One never tires of John Hay. His knowledge is broad and accurate, his reflections deep, and his reassuring prose style that of a master craftsman.
—Edward O. Wilson
John Hay is one of the world's handful of very great nature writers; I love his books with all my heart.
There are in these pages intimations of a deep and lovely harmony. These pieces come from John Hay's utterly essential body of work; may they serve as a guide for many into both his books and the world they describe.
John Hay celebrates the living tides of our planet -- the pulse and seethe of ocean, the migratory floods of birds and fish. The subtle cadences of his prose capture these rhythms and also evoke, better than any writing I know, the mysterious kinship at the heart of evolution. The present collection, with its fine introduction by Christopher Merrill, succeeds wonderfully in conveying the faithfulness, the scientific venturesomeness, and the purity of style that have marked John Hay's work over a career spanning half a century.
John Hay is one of the very best essayists on the natural world.
JOHN HAY, author of The Great Beach (winner of the John Burroughs Award), The Immortal Wilderness, The Run, and many other books on nature, is past president of Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and former Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. CHRISTOPHER MERRILL holds the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross. He is author of 12 books of nonfiction and poetry.