Editorial Reviews. From the Inside Flap. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man. Loren Eiseley (September 3, – July 9, ) was an American anthropologist, educator, . Consider the case of Loren Eiseley, author of The Immense Journey, who can sit on a mountain slope beside a prairie-dog town and imagine. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man.

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He narrates a history of the human species in the context of life on this planet throughout the scope of time. Bringing poetic insight to scientific discipline, Eiseley makes connections between civilizations past and present, multiple universes, humankind, and nature.

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Suddenly to posses all that power and then to be forbidden to use it must have been almost too much for the man to contain. I could see that Dr. This is the lonely magnificent power of humanity. Refresh and try again.

If I have any complaint, it’s in Eiseley’s and he’s not the only one who does this tendency to write the occasional sentence that drifts into teleology, even though it’s plain that he doesn’t really think that way. Eiseley eventually returned to the University of Nebraska and received a B. I was going to undergo a tremendous adventure.

While at the university, he served as editor of the inmense magazine The Prairie Schoonerand published his poetry and short stories.

A few winters ago, clothed heavily against the weather, I wandered several miles along one of the tributaries of that same Platte I had floated down years before. The jounrey writing style explains many ideas on evolution, his views on Nature and man’s place in it.

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As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. Will it be Eiseley the forsaken child, Eiseley the teacher, or Eiseley the wandering philosopher? He will no longer chase women. They probe the concept of evolution, which consumed so much of his scholarly attention, examining the bones and shards, the arrowpoints and buried treasures. A man in trouble would cry out in vain. They would bring God into the compass of a shopkeeper’s understanding and confine Him to those limits, lest He proceed to some unimaginable and shocking act–create perhaps, as a casual afterthought, a being more beautiful than man.


With his mind uncluttered by electronic noise he would spend long days digging in remote areas, imagining the ancient creatures and their environments whose bones he was uncovering. I had never heard of Loren Eiseley till then and so, decided to check out his writings and that is how I ended up reading this book. The Platte, “a mile wide and an inch deep,” is a refuge for any heat-weary pilgrim along its shores.

The ice had melted. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Sep 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: People have occasionally written me harsh letters and castigated me for a jourhey of faith in man when I have ventured to speak of this matter in print.

What is important, as Eiseley himself says, is the journey itself.

Loren Eiseley

I was in a hurry. To my astonishment, however, upon descending into the basement several hours later, I heard stirrings in the receptacle and peered in. On various purposes of science I have ranged over a good bit of that country on foot, and I know the kinds of bones that come gurgling up through the gravel pumps, and the arrowheads of shining chalcedony that occasionally spill out joruney water-loosened sand.

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The Immense Journey

If the person vibrates to such concerns, the chord is religious whether or not it manages to resound in the temples and prayer houses of the devout. He was then recognized as the finest writer at Penn. A near-drowning accident in childhood had scarred my reactions; in addition to the fact that I was a nonswimmer, this “inch-deep river” was treacherrous with holes and quicksands. Eiseley made the leap at a time when science was science, and literature was, well, literature Franke describes Eiseley’s essays as theatrical and dramatic.


He is the teacher who backs away from the podium after an engaging lecture to make a quick dash for his office. Rick Bass, Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey and other acclaimed nature writers have admitted to artistic license. On that day, however, the sight of sky and willows and the weaving net of water murmuring a little in the shallows on its way to the Gulf stirred me, parched as I was with miles of walking, with a new idea: As for men, those myriad little detached ponds with their own swarming corpuscular life, what were: Up to that point the little tragedy had followed the usual pattern.

Water has merely leapt out of vapor and thin nothingness in the night sky to array itself in form. But men see differently. This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat He blogs and documents his journey and in one of his blogs a few months ago, I came across the following passage: Eiseley’s wife, Mabel Langdon Eiseley, died July 27,and is buried next to him, in the Westlawn section of the cemetery, in Lot