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Donald Culross Peattie

Born: June 21, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: November 16, 1964

Pen Name: Donald Peattie

Connection to Illinois: Peattie was born and raised in Chicago. He also attended the University of Chicago for two years.

Biography: Donald Culross Peattie, a native of Chicago, was one of the most accomplished nature writers in American letters. Among his many books, of special interest to Illinois are An Almanac for Moderns (1935), a collection of short essays- one for each day of the year- based on Peattie's observations at Kennicott's Grove near Chicago, and A Prairie Grove (1938), an imaginative history of a patch of Illinois prairie.

  • -- Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Donald Culross Peattie on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A Book of Hours.
ISBN: 9781595341594 OCLC: 1015875336

Trinity University Press, San Antonio : 2013.

A Book of Hours contains 24 essays, one for each hour of the day, that seek to bridge the gap between definitive scientific philosophy and the sheer unadulterated beauty that Donald Culross Peattie envisioned within everyday life. The Boston Transcript referred to this collection as #x93;science, in sheer poetry, and the Chicago Daily Tribune mused that #x93;it leaves one a better man for having read it and offers #x93;the inevitableness of natural laws and the truth of beauty, if one cares to seek it.

A natural history of North American trees /
ISBN: 0618799044 OCLC: 71006712

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2007.

An informative overview of more than one hundred different tree species describes their physical characteristics, ranges, and the role they played in the history of America.

A natural history of trees of eastern and central North America /
ISBN: 0395581745 OCLC: 23176890

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : ©1991.

A detailed handbook giving clear descriptions and full historical information about the trees that grow in North America.

A natural history of western trees /
ISBN: 0395581753 OCLC: 24089519

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston : ©1991.

Diversions of the field
ISBN: 9781595341709 OCLC: 866563813

Flowering earth /
ISBN: 0253206626 OCLC: 22858837

Indiana University Press, Bloomington : ©1991.

The road of a naturalist
ISBN: 9781595341686 OCLC: 866563707

  The road of a naturalist /
ISBN: 083982890X OCLC: 12809182

G.K. Hall, Boston, Mass. : 1986, ©1941.