October 21

Spotlight on our 2013 Nebraska Book Award winners: Artifacts and Illuminations

Nebraska Book Award winner: Anthology 9780803234031

Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on on Loren Eiseley
Edited by Tom Lynch and Susan Naramore Maher

Artifacts and Illuminations, the first comprehensive collection of new critical essays about Loren Eiseley’s work, will transform Eiseley scholarship and encourage fresh interpretations. . . . Eiseley’s synthesis of science and personal reflection is more important than ever as a model of a new awareness of humanity’s place in the pageant of evolution.”
—Andrew Angyal, Western American Literature

As a writer who bridged the sciences and the humanities, Loren Eiseley (1907-77), ne of the most important American nature writers of the twentieth century and an admired practitioner of creative nonfiction, is a challenge for scholars locked into rigid disciplinary boundaries. Artifacts and Illuminations, the first full-length collection of critical essays on the writing of Eiseley, situates his work in the genres of creative nonfiction and nature writing. The contributing scholars apply a variety of critical approaches, including ecocriticism and place-oriented studies ranging across prairie, urban, and international contexts. Contributors explore such diverse topics as Eiseley’s use of anthropomorphism and Jungian concepts and examine how his work was informed by synecdoche. Long overdue, this collection demonstrates Eiseley’s continuing relevance as both a skilled literary craftsman and a profound thinker about the human place in the natural world.

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For a complete list of the 2013 Nebraska Book Award winners, click here. An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on Oct. 26 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History in downtown Lincoln, Neb.
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Tom Lynch is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature.
Susan N. Maher is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is coeditor of John McPhee and the Art of Literary Nonfiction.