CORVALLIS - The only comprehensive guide to the life, poems and other literary works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder has been published by the Oregon State University Press.
"A Place for Wayfaring: The Poetry and Prose of Gary Snyder," written by Patrick Murphy, is a detailed study that follows Snyder's development as a writer - from a rising young star in the San Francisco Renaissance to his emergence as one of the country's leading ecological thinkers.
In the book, Murphy traces the sources of Snyder's broad body of work, which have been influenced by his experiences as a physical laborer, his connection to the natural world and native cultures, his study and practice of Buddhism, and his commitment to re-establishing a balanced relationship between humans and nature.
All of Snyder's best-known works are discussed in this comprehensive study, from "Riprap," his first collection of poems, to "Turtle Island," for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. Among other works analyzed are "The Practice of the Wild" - a series of nature essays, and his newest work from "The Gary Snyder Reader."
Murphy is a professor of English at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. He also is the author of "Farther Afield in the Study of Nature Oriented Literature" and co-editor of Ecofeminist Literary Criticism.
The OSU Press book provides "a companion guide to one of the most influential cultural and literary voices of our time," said Tom Booth, marketing manager for the press.
"Snyder's life and his art are fully intertwined" in this Patrick Murphy book, Booth said. "He shows how Snyder's writings have increasingly reached across audiences and generations, and explores their implications for the future."
"A Place for Wayfaring" is available at most libraries and bookstores, or can be ordered by calling 1-800-426-3797.