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November 14, 2019

Reconciling Nature: Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945

By Robert Myers. SUNY Press, 2019.

Reconciling Nature maps the complex views of the environment that are evident in celebrated American novels written between the Centennial Celebration of 1876 and the end of the Second World War. During this period, which includes the Progressive era and the New Deal, Americans held three contradictory views of the natural world: a recognition of nature’s vulnerability to the changes brought by industrialism; a fear of the power of nature to destroy human civilization; and a desire to make ...