Reading the Landscape of America
Publication InformationNew York: Collier Books
Digitization StatusNot yet digitized
DescriptionOriginally published as Reading the Landscape.
AbstractHere is a book of discovery. Through the eyes of May Theilgaard Watts, and suddenly through yours, a magnolia becomes the sole survivor of a race of prehistoric flowers, the pollen at the bottom of a bog reveals an earlier society of trees and plants, and the history of a garden traces the foibles of a fashion-conscious family and its descendants. Using hundreds of drawings and diagrams, the author lovingly reveals the secrets of the forests and plains as she reconstructs the past from the clues of the present.
Twenty years ago, in the first edition of Reading the Landscape of America, May Watts described the forests of the Great Smokies and the bogs, dunes, and streams of Indiana. In this new edition, she returns to these places to record the toll taken by men and time. Mrs. Watts also searches out the signs of nature in the salt marshes of New England, the giant redwood and stunted-cypress forests of the Pacific Northwest, and the deserts of the Southwest.