John Hanson Mitchell
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Travels in a Vanishing Empire

Komatic Press,

An Eden of Sorts

Perseus Books,

The Last of the Bird People

Wilderness House Press,

The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston

Beacon Press

The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica
Shoemaker & Hoard,
Looking for Mr Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American
Shoemaker & Hoard,

Following the Sun: Fron Spain to the Hebrides

The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land
Perseus Books,
Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgimage in Search of Place
Perseus Books,
Living at the End of Time
Houghton Mifflin,

A Field Guide to your Own Backyard,
Countryman Press,

Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Tousand Years on One Square Mile
Perseus Books,


 “…Mitchell knows his plants and animals as certainly as any expert ecologist.  But he stalks different game. He’s after the shadows of older ways of seeing, something latent in the antique term `natural history’  but deeper.”
---- New York Times Book Review

Living at the End of Time
Houghton Mifflin, 1980

This is the story of a return to the land --- not to the wilds of Alaska, but to the suburbs outside of Boston. On the still undeveloped square mile of forest and farmland known as Scratch Flat, Mitchell constructed a one roomThoreauvian cottage and lived there for two years without running water or electricity. His intention was to explore the curious relationship between place, nature, and the fast expanded technologies. His neighbors  consisted mostly of foxes, owls, and deer, but he also encountered on his square mile,  a number of  extraordinary people who regarded the modern world with the same suspicion he did. Partly through his reading of Thoreau and his encounters with nature and these local eccentrics, he grew increasingly obsessed with time and place, and came to understand that every landscape, even those in suburbia, holds mystery and wonder.

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