The Tree by John Fowles

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“For years I have carried this book...with me on travels to reread, ponder, envy. In prose of classic gravity, precision, and delicacy, Fowles addresses matters of final importance.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review


The Tree is the fullest and finest exploration I’ve ever read of how the useless delights to be discovered in nature can ripen into the practice of art.”

—Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift


 “The most original argument for wilderness preservation I have encountered.”
Washington Post


Finally back in print, here is the 30th anniversary edition of The Tree—the renowned English novelist John Fowles’s (The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman) moving meditation on the connection between the natural world and human creativity. An inspiring modern ecological classic, The Tree is both a powerful argument against taming the wild and a major author’s  inspiring and beautifully written defense of “the joys of getting lost,” and of spontaneity in life and art.


About John Fowles

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John Fowles (1926-2005) was educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured in English at universities in Greece and the UK. The success of his first novel, The Collector, published in 1963, allowed him to devote all his time to writing. His books include the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and Daniel Martin. Fowles spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme Regis.
Published September 28, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Education & Reference, History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Fowles says more about our relationship with nature than any other author I've ever read.

Oct 08 2010 | Read Full Review of The Tree

The Paris Review

If you are living in a time of despair—in cultural despair, as we are now, or in personal despair after a tragedy—and you’re filled with grief, this essay opens up a kind of thinking that is to me, one of the ways, if not the oldest way, we have of thinking clearly about ourselves and our relatio...

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