Summer World (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Like his previous works, Summer World allows Bernd Heinrich to express his exuberance about nature. A German-born biologist and the son of an entomologist, Heinrich immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was ten and was raised in Maine. After receiving a Ph.D. in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1970, he began his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1971 until 1980. He then returned to the East Coast to teach at the University of Vermont, where he has spent the remainder of his professional career.
Heinrich has observed closely and recorded diligently the existences of many of the animals and plants that have intrigued him since childhood. Pencil in hand, he has perched in trees and lurked behind bushes, quietly watching the life that unfolds around him and sketching much of it in illustrations that enrich his book greatly. One of the most striking elements of his explorations has been his discovery of many symbiotic relationships among small animals, birds, insects, and the flora and other fauna on which many of them are dependent for their continued existences. Heinrich poses many questions and generally refrains from offering glib answers to them. Posing such questions, however, is an important part of what he is attempting in his book.
Readers will complete Summer World and Heinrich’s earlier companion volume, Winter World: The...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Booklist 105, no. 12 (February 15, 2009): 23.
Kirkus Reviews 77, no. 2 (January 15, 2009): 69.
Library Journal 134, no. 6 (April 1, 2009): 92.
The New York Times Book Review, May 31, 2009, p. 7.
Publishers Weekly 255, no. 44 (November 3, 2008): 47.
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