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WILDEST PLACE ON EARTH (THE), Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness.


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THE WILDEST PLACE ON EARTH, Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness. Mitchell. In Renaissance gardens still growing in Italy there are boscos—patches of deliberately wild growth—that are an original source of inspiration for the painters and conservationists who shaped the American concept of wilderness. John Hanson Mitchell, editor of the Massachusetts Audubon Society journal Sanctuary, explores these boscos and the wild green places of his childhood on a journey to uncover the essence of wilderness. Mitchell is ultimately pulled inward toward home, back to what Thoreau called "contact"—an abiding, enduring, and daily connection with the world of nature. "Think of this book as 'Pan-theism' in its purest sense," prompts Roger B. Swain. "Through a labyrinth of continents and centuries, Mitchell seeks the soul of wildness guided always by the faint randy odor of this Lord of the Wood. The spirit may be ancient, but the trail is fresh, as Mitchell finds it leading to his very doorstep. To follow in his footsteps is to be similarly amazed." #SPC-91, hardcover.
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