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"What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants." -- Joseph Wood Krutch
Joseph Wood Krutch (pronounced krootch) (November 25, 1893 – May 22, 1970) was an American writer, critic, and naturalist.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he initially studied at the University of Tennessee and received a masters degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University. After serving in the army in 1918, he travelled in Europe for a year with friend Mark Van Doren. Afterwards, he worked as teacher at Brooklyn Polytechnic.

He became a theater critic for The Nation and wrote several books, gaining acclaim through a work critical of the impact of science and technology, The Modern Temper (1929). He also wrote biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau in the 1940s, altogether completing a dozen volumes of literary biography and theatrical history. Throughout his life he wrote thirty-five books altogether.

He worked as a professor at Columbia University from 1937 to 1953.

Moving to Arizona in 1952, he wrote books about natural issues of ecology, the southwestern desert environment, and the natural history of the Grand Canyon, winning renown as a naturalist and conservationist. These writings expressed a yearning for a simpler, more contemplative life. "If you drive a car at 70 m.p.h. , you can't do anything but keep the monster under control," he expressed.

He died in Tucson at age 76 from colon cancer in 1970. One of the last interviews with Krutch before his death was conducted by Edward Abbey and appears in Abbey's 1988 book One Life at a Time, Please (ISBN 0-8050-0603-6).

Many of Krutch's manuscripts and typescripts are held by the University of Arizona, where the Joseph Wood Krutch Cactus Garden was named in his honor in 1980.

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Total Books: 43
The Desert Year
2010 - The Desert Year [Sightline Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781587299018
ISBN-10: 1587299011
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Outdoors & Nature
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The Voice of the Desert
2009 - The Voice of the Desert (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151110336
ISBN-10: 1151110337
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The Great Chain of Life
2009 - The Great Chain of Life [Sightline Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781587298202
ISBN-10: 1587298201
Genres: Science & Math, Outdoors & Nature
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The Voice Of The Desert A Naturalist's Interpretation
2009 - The Voice of the Desert a Naturalist's Interpretation (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104849870
ISBN-10: 1104849879
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The Best Nature Writing of Joseph Wood Krutch
1995 - The Best Nature Writing of Joseph Wood Krutch (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780874804805
ISBN-10: 0874804809
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math
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The Grand Canyon Today and All Its Yesterdays
1989 - The Grand Canyon Today and All Its Yesterdays (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780816511129
ISBN-10: 0816511128
Genres: History, Travel, Science & Math, Outdoors & Nature
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The Forgotten Peninsula A Naturalist in Baja California
1986 - The Forgotten Peninsula a Naturalist in Baja California (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816509874
ISBN-10: 0816509875
Genres: History, Science & Math
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Human Nature and the Human Condition
1979 - Human Nature and the Human Condition (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780313210105
ISBN-10: 0313210101
Genre: History
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The Great Chain of Life
1978 - The Great Chain of Life (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780395259436
ISBN-10: 0395259436
Genre: Science & Math
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Henry David Thoreau
1976 - Henry David Thoreau [The American Men of Letters Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780837165875
ISBN-10: 0837165873
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Herbal
1976 - Herbal (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780714817552
ISBN-10: 0714817554
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Grand Canyon Today and All Its Yesterdays
1968 - Grand Canyon Today and All Its Yesterdays (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688060138
ISBN-10: 0688060137
Genre: Travel
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The Desert Year A Naturalist and Philosopher Views the Pattern of the Desert World of the American Southwest
Great Chain of Life
1957 - Great Chain of Life (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780395078709
ISBN-10: 0395078709
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Modern Temper A Study And A Confession
1956 - Modern Temper a Study and a Confession (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780156617574
ISBN-10: 0156617579
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Comedy and Conscience After the Restoration
Comedy and Conscience After the Restoration (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780231085168
ISBN-10: 0231085168
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The Most Wonderful Animals That Never Were
The Most Wonderful Animals That Never Were (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780395068694
ISBN-10: 039506869X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The measure of man On freedom human values survival and the modern temper
The Measure of Man on Freedom Human Values Survival and the Modern Temper [Grosset's Universal Library] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780448000060
ISBN-10: 0448000067
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A Krutch Omnibus Forty Years of Social and Literary Criticism
A Krutch Omnibus Forty Years of Social and Literary Criticism (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688010065
ISBN-10: 0688010067
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More Lives Than One
More Lives Than One (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688021078
ISBN-10: 0688021077
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Edgar Allan Poe A Study in Genius
Edgar Allan Poe a Study in Genius (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780781268356
ISBN-10: 0781268354
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