New York: Random House, 1968.
First Edition. Hardcover. Hoagland, Edward. NOTES FROM THE CENTURY BEFORE. A Journal from British Columbia. New York: Random House Inc, 1968. First Edition. 8vo., 273pp. Black cloth boards with copper-colored stamped illustration & lettering on front, silver lettering on spine, illustrated map endpapers, green stained top-edge. A fine copy in a near fine or better dustwrapper. Neat name on second free endpaper. Hoagland's uncommon first book of nonfiction, subtitled "A Journal from British Columbia. "A personal recollection of the author's travels touching on a variety of themes including natural & cultural history. "Hoagland's love of solitude and silent observation of wildlife rather than social conversation may have resulted from a severe stammer that still persists. This stammer has, according to Hoagland himself, influenced how he writes: 'Words are spoken at considerable cost to me, so a great value is placed on each one. That has had some effect on me as a writer. As a child, since I couldn't talk to people, I became close to animals. I became an observer, and in all my books, even the novels, witnessing things is what counts.' His reluctance to speak may account for his desire to write--and be read--and for the sensitive visual, tactile, and olfactory images in his writings." - Dictionary of Literary Biography.
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