Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donald Culross Peattie  

Pen Name: Donald Peattie


Audience: Adult;

Born: June 21, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: November 16, 1964

-- Donald Culross Peattie on WorldCat --

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.


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

A Book of Hours.
ISBN: 9781595341594. OCLC Number: 1015875336

Trinity University Press,. .

A Book of Hours contains 24 essays, one for each hour of the day, that seek to bridge the gap between definitive scientific philosophy and the sheer unadulterated beauty that Donald Culross Peattie envisioned within everyday life. The Boston Transcript referred to this collection as #x93;science, in sheer poetry, and the Chicago Daily Tribune mused that #x93;it leaves one a better man for having read it and offers #x93;the inevitableness of natural laws and the truth of beauty, if one cares to seek it.

A natural history of North American trees /
ISBN: 0618799044. OCLC Number: 71006712

Houghton Mifflin,. .

An informative overview of more than one hundred different tree species describes their physical characteristics, ranges, and the role they played in the history of America.

A natural history of trees of eastern and central North America /
ISBN: 0395581745. OCLC Number: 23176890

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A detailed handbook giving clear descriptions and full historical information about the trees that grow in North America.

A natural history of western trees /
ISBN: 0395581753. OCLC Number: 24089519

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

Diversions of the field
ISBN: 9781595341709. OCLC Number: 866563813

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Flowering earth /
ISBN: 0253206626. OCLC Number: 22858837

Indiana University Press,. .

The road of a naturalist
ISBN: 9781595341686. OCLC Number: 866563707

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The road of a naturalist /
ISBN: 083982890X. OCLC Number: 12809182

G.K. Hall,. .