For the Time Being

ISBN-10: 0375703470
ISBN-13: 9780375703478
Edition: 1999
Authors: Annie Dillard
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Description: National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime,For the Time Beingis, in the truest sense, an eye- opener."--Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofPilgrim at Tinker  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime,For the Time Beingis, in the truest sense, an eye- opener."--Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofPilgrim at Tinker Creekand one of the most compelling writers of our time, comesFor the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting,For the Time Beingevokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

Born 1945 as Annie Doak, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dillard has lived in Bellingham, Wash. and the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. She received a B.A and an M.A. in English (1968) from Hollins College. She has been adjunct professor of English and Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University and a columnist for the Wilderness Society. Her involvement with nature is reflected in many of her works including Mornings Like This, The Living, Teaching a Stone to Talk, and the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Her work also has appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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