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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leonard Dubkin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1905 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 1972 in Chicago

-- Leonard Dubkin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dubkin lived and worked in the Chicago area all of his life. There is a small quarter acre park located along Ashland Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago named after him.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leonard Dubkin was an urban naturalist and Chicago writer who immersed himself in Chicago’s natural history. He wrote several books on nature in the city, wrote a widely read nature column for Lerner Newspapers in Chicago for many years, and published frequently in major national newspapers Chicago Tribune and New York Times.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Enchanted streets;: The unlikely adventures of an urban nature lover

Little, Brown and Company. 1947

ISBN: B0013AK9P2

McGraw-Hill. 1944

An enthusiast accomplishes a boyhood ambition, the writing of a book about birds, in this series of gentle, leisurely, random observations of city birds. There's nothing very scientific here, simply the insubstantial notations of a bird watcher who refuses to be classed as a "bird lover," but admits to being one nonetheless. He became a newspaperman instead of a naturalist, but did not give up his hobby for his profession there are nice newsy bits about gulls and mourning doves, the starling and the nighthawk, the flights of pigeons and sparrows, the junco who secured a client for him, the robin he raised from babyhood.

Wolf Point: An Adventure in History

G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1953

The natural history of a yard

H. Regnery Co. 1955

My Secret Places: One Man's Love Affair With Nature in the City
ISBN: 0679503129

David McKay Co. 1972