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The Desert Year
NY, William Sloane, (1952). The 1954 John Burroughs Medal Winner. While working as theater critic for The Nation, Krutch published biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau, the latter of which inspired him to write The Twelve Seasons, his first nature book. After his move to Tucson for his health in 1952, he became better known as a naturalist, conservationist and nature writer of the desert southwest, winning the John Burroughs Medal for this title; he would win the National Book Award for The Measure of Man the following year. Signed by the author on the second blank. Additionally, there is an aborted thank you note laid in, on the stationery of a Tuscon motel, that may or may not be in Krutch's hand. Minor rubbing to spine extremities; a near fine copy in a good dust jacket, with a couple small edge chips and one significant piece missing from the upper rear panel. Uncommon signed, or in jacket. [#034451] SOLD

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