A landmark collected edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned biologist, illuminating the marvels of biodiversity in a time of climate crisis and mass extinction.
One of the world's preeminent natural scientists, Edward O. Wilson (b. 1929) grew up in South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where he spent his boyhood exploring the region's forests and swaps, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants - the latter to become his lifelong specialty. The author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize winners on Human Nature (1979) and The Ants (1991), Wilson, an emeritus professor at Harvard, makes his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. David Quammen, one of America's leading science and nature writers, is the author of more than a dozen books including The Song of the Dodo- Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction (1996), Spillover- Animal Infection and the next Human Pandemic (2012), and The Tangled Tree- A Radical New History of Life (2018). He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
"This new addition to the still expanding Library of America series (his is volume #340) presents not only the 'essential Wilson,' if you will, but also a superb introduction to some of the most significant discoveries and concepts in modern natural history-all presented in Prof. Wilson's delightfully learned yet invitingly down-to-earth prose." -The Well-read Naturalist