Donald Culross Peattie

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General Information

Name: Donald Culross Peattie

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

Illinois Connection

Peattie 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.

Published Works

  • 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 at Your Library

A prairie grove

Release Date: 1958

Literary Awards

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

External Links

Donald Culross Peattie on WorldCat


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