Edward Hoagland

(1932 / New York City, New York)

Edward Hoagland
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Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932 in New York, New York, United States) is an author best known for his nature and travel writing.

Hoagland joined the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the summers of 1951 and 1952. He helped to tend the big cats and later sold a novel about this experience, Cat Man (1955), before graduating from Harvard in 1954. After serving two years in the Army, he published The Circle Home (1960), a novel about boxing, before going on the first of nine trips to Alaska and British Columbia.

During the 1970s, he made the first two of his five trips to Africa. After receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships, he was elected to the American ... more »

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  • ''True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.''
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. Weekend Guardian (London, Jan. 20-21, 1990).
  • ''Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga—stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.''
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Dogs and the Tug of Life," Harper's (New York, February 1975).
  • ''In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.''
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Dogs and the Tug of Life," Harper's (New York, Feb. 1975).
  • ''Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.''
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. Guardian (London, August 11, 1990).
  • ''Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.''
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Heaven and Nature," Harper's (New York, March 1988).
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