Donald Culross Peattie
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Pen Name: Donald Peattie
Born: June 21, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: November 16, 1964
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"A library, in the sense of a group of chosen books, is a set of windows to look out upon the world, through which, also, one can look into the mind that selected them." - Donald Culross Peattie, Parade with Banners
Donald was born and raised in Chicago. He also attended the University of Chicago for two years.
Biographical and Professional Information
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.
- A Book of Hours, 1937
- A Prairie Grove, 1938
- The Road of a Naturalist, Houghton, 1941 - reprinted by Macmillan in 1986
- Sportsman`s Country, Houghton Mifflin, 1952
- Lives of Destiny, Houghton, 1954
- Parade With Banners, World Publishing, 1957
- Patterns, National Wildlife Federation, 1991
- A Natural History of of Eastern and Central North America, Houghton, 1980
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
A Natural History of North American Trees
Release Date: 2007-04-02
In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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