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Edwin Way Teale


Recommended Books

A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm (1974)
The Insect World of J. Henri Fabre (1949)
North with the Spring (1951)
Circle of the Seasons (1953)
The Wilderness World of Joh Muir (1954) (Editor and Interpretive Comments)
Wandering Through Winter (1965) - winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Biographical Sketch

Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980) was a writer and naturalist who has been ranked with Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs.

In 1959, he and his wife Nellie left the increasing suburbanization of their Long Island home for a 130-acre wooded estate in Hampton, Connecticut, which they named "Trailwood." This became the subject of one of Teale’s most popular books, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm.

Teale was the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Burroughs Medal in 1943 and the Ecology Award of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1975. He was an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences, and an associate of the Royal Photographic Society.

After Nellie Teale’s death in 1993, Trailwood passed to the Connecticut Audubon Society which maintains it as a public sanctuary and a memorial to two remarkable individuals and their appreciation for the natural world.

Favorite Quote

"It is those who have compassion for all life who will best safeguard the life of man. Those who become aroused only when man is endangered become aroused too late. we cannot make the world uninhabitable for other forms of life and have it habitable for ourselves. It is the conservationist who is concerend with the welfare of all the land and life of the country, who, in the end, will do most to maintain the world as a fit place for human existence."

- Edwin Way Teale

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