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A Rough Sort of Beauty: Reflections on the Natural Heritage of Arkansas
by Dana Steward
University of Arkansas Press, 2002
Paper: 978-1-55728-729-8
Library of Congress Classification QH105.A7R38 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 508.767

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What does it mean to have a sense of place? Through history, memoir, poetry, and fiction, the writers of these essays answer this question in a variety of ways, giving us their collective history of natural Arkansas. They speak of the interrelationships of humans and nature, and of the struggles for balance between economic realities and landscape preservation. The book evokes the sheer physical diversity of the Natural State, from the Ozarks and the Boston Mountains to Crowley's Ridge, the Grand Prairie, and the Delta. But far more than mere geography, these are places of intense meaning: sites of enlightenment, conflict, comfort, and vivid experience. Rivers and mountains, plains and forests — these are shorthand terms for specific, beloved, storied places.

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