The debut collection of essays by one of America’s most acclaimed literary lights, celebrating his deep love for language, the land, and humanity.
Published in 1969, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry’s first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central themes that have occupied him over the course of his celebrated career. Three essays at the heart of this volume—“The Rise,” “The Long-Legged House,” and “A Native Hill”—are essays of homecoming and memoir, as the writer finds his home place, his native ground, his place on earth. As he later wrote, “What I stand for is what I stand on,” and here we see him beginning the acts of rediscovery and resettling. Long out of print, this new edition offers readers both new and familiar to Berry’s acclaimed opus another opportunity to read the work of this remarkable cultural critic and agrarian, and to delight in the prose of one of America’s greatest stylists.
“Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life.” —The Bloomsbury Review
“[Berry’s] poems, novels and essays . . . are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal.” —Publishers Weekly