~ American essayist and novelist ~

On Nature: Selected Essays, Edward Hoagland's
timeless classic, has been reissued:

Annie Dillard observes: "The best of
Edward Hoagland is the best in the

Now, in a beautiful new hardcover edition, signed by the author, 
including new material, comes 
best observations on nature by the
finest essayist of our time.

Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932, in New York, New York) is an author best known for his nature and travel writing.  His non-fiction has been widely praised by writers such as John Updike, who called him "the best essayist of my generation," and Joyce Carol Oates: "Our Chopin of the genre."

Hoagland joined the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1951 and sold a novel about this experience, Cat Man, before graduating from Harvard in 1954.  After serving two years in the Army, he published The Circle Home, a novel about the boxing world of New York.  Soon after, he  took the first of his nine trips to Alaska and British Columbia.  During the 1970s he made the first two of his five trips to Africa.  After receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Hoagland has taught at The New School, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, CUNY, the University of Iowa, U.C. Davis, Columbia University, Beloit College, Brown, and Bennington, beginning in 1963 and retiring in 2005.

 Discover Edward Hoagland's latest book:

The Devil's Tub: Collected Stories
Arcade Publishing, 2014

Meet the death-defying motorcycle trick riders
in the carnival's Devil's Tub, a man who keeps
an alligator in his bathtub, a Chinese launderer
in Coney Island in search of love, a frontiersman
who saves himself from a mauling grizzly bear
by hiding in a beaver dam, three men from a
circus looking for trouble at a rodeo, a washed-
out boxer trying to to hang onto his career, and
dozens of others rich characters.

From the cramped and gritty streets of New York
City to the wide open spaces of the Old West, Hoag-
land's characters pine, ache, create, observe, love,
learn, and live in such precisely rendered stories
that we are transported into each of their
peculiar worlds.

 Discover Edward Hoagland's latest essays:

"Peace and War"
New Letters, Summer 2014

"On Loneliness"
The American Scholar, Spring 2014

"Hippies and Beats"
New Letters, Fall 2013

"Pity Earth's Creatures"
The New York Times, March 23, 2013

"On Friendship"
The American Scholar, Winter 2013

"He is a marvelous writer...generous, full of odd detail, very read two pages of Hoagland at random is to know immediately that you are in the hands of a supremely tough-minded man and a man of perfect honesty."


"A writer born, a writer obsessed."

--Alfred Kazin

"Edward Hoagland is a strong, solid writer with a splendid feel for the intricacy, queerness and stubborn pertinacity of life. He is also, so far as I know, the best essayist working in our perishing republic."

--Edward Abbey

"America's most intelligent and wide-ranging essayist-naturalist."

--Philip Roth, London Sunday Times

"Edward Hoagland is a natural. His essays flow like running water, pure and clear."

--Studs Terkel

"One of the very best writers of his generation."

--Saul Bellow

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