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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.

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

G.K. Hall,. Boston, Mass. :. 1986, ©1941.

Flowering earth /
ISBN: 0253206626. OCLC Number:

Indiana University Press,. Bloomington :. ©1991.

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

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2007.

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:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©1991.

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:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. ©1991.


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