Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066762 Published December 2008
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781930066755 Published December 2008

A Love of the Land

Selected Writings of John Fraser Hart

John Fraser Hart

A Love of the Land

John Fraser Hart

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

Edited by John C. Hudson
224 pages | 8 color plates, 37 halftones | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2008
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066762 Published December 2008
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781930066755 Published December 2008
John Fraser Hart is one of America’s best known geographers and his prolific writings about the land and its variegated character are elegant and informed. In A Love of the Land, geographer John C. Hudson has gathered a collection of Hart’s seminal essays from the last fifty years, which have received wide literary and scholarly acclaim.
The thirteen essays collected in this volume reveal the rich breadth of Hart’s work. In these pieces, Hart meditates on the meaning of geographical study, suburban sprawl, the contemporary uses of land and space, and changes wrought on rural landscapes by the modernization of farms and the growth of industrial agriculture. Whether sheep farming in the British moorlands, the history of the Cotton Belt in the American South, or the industrialization of livestock production, Hart vividly narrates the age-old story of humans and their deep ties to the land, as he deftly blends facts and analysis with engaging anecdotes of his and others’ experiences. A Love of the Land will be essential reading not only for geography students and scholars but also for those interested in how geography and place impacts our lives.


Gallery Of Photographs

Chapter 1         The Highest Form of the Geographer’s Art (1982)

Chapter 2         Reading the Landscape (1995)

Chapter 3         The British Moorlands (1955)

Chapter 4         Land Division in Britain (1975)

Chapter 5         Field Patterns in Indiana (1968)

Chapter 6         Tobacco Barns and Their Role in the Tobacco Economy of the United States (1961)

Chapter 7         Land-Use Change in a Piedmont County (1980)

Chapter 8         Urban Encroachment on Rural Areas (1976)

Chapter 9         Half A Century of Cropland Change (2001)

Chapter 10       Resort Areas in Wisconsin (1984)

Chapter 11       Mobile Home Parks (2002)

Chapter 12       Back Along the MilkyWay (1991)

Chapter 13       Change in the Corn Belt (2003)



Books by John Fraser Hart

List of Text Illustrations


About the Editor

Review Quotes
Everett G. Smith, University of Oregon
“John Hart masters his subject matter, writes fluidly with verve and flair, and his works will be reviewed, studied, and replicated by young geographers and others for years to come. In short, this sample of Hart’s writings is a splendid distillation of his thinking.”
Marvin W. Mikesell, University of Chicago
“As Hudson demonstrates in this collection, Fraser Hart has had a remarkably productive, multigenerational career. He has indeed been an ‘icon,’ and this collection of his writings is a welcome addition to our lore. My reaction to this book is more than favorable—I am enthusiastic about it.”
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