When he accepted the invitation to deliver the Jefferson Lectureour nation’s highest honor for distinguished intellectual achievementWendell Berry wanted a fresh start, not only in looking at the groundwork of the problems facing our nation and the earth itself, but in gaining hope from some examples of repair during Late Capitalism. The result is the greatest speech he has delivered in his six decades of public life. With this transcript of his speech, along with heretofore uncollected essays, It All Turns on Affection will take its place as another major testament to Berry’s contribution to American thought.
"These powerful, challenging essays show why Berry's vision of a sustainable, human-scaled society has proven so influential."
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About the Author
Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.
Table of Contents
Part 1 It All Turns on Affection 9
Landsman: Jim Leach in Conversation with Wendell Berry and Tanya Berry 41
Part 2 Starting From Loss 67
The Future of Agriculture 89
A Man of Courage Constant to the End 93
About Civil Disobedience 103
Maury Telleen, 1928-2011 111