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Wendell Berry

activist , critic , novelist , writer , poet

Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written dozens of novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. Berry has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.


BERRY, Wendell was born on August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky, United States.


University of Ky.


Author: (novels) Nathan Coulter, 1962, rev. edition, 1985, A Place on Earth, 1967, 2d. edition, 1985, The Memory of Old Jack, 1974, Remembering, 1988, A World Lost, 1996; (short stories) The Wild Birds, 1986, Fidelity, 1992, Watch With Me, 1994; (poetry) The Broken Ground, 1964, Openings, 1968, 2d edition, 1980, Findings, 1969, Farming: A Handbook, 1970, 2d edition, 1985, The Country of Marriage, 1973, 2 edition, 1985, Clearing, 1977, A Part, 1980, The Wheel, 1982, Collected Poems, 1985, Sabbaths, 1987, Entries, 1994, Hannah Coulter, 2004, Given, 2005; (essays) The Long-Legged House, 1969, The Hidden Wound, 1970, The Unforeseen Wilderness, 1971, A Continuous Harmony, 1972, The Unsettling of America, 1977, Recollected Essays, 1965-1980, 1981, The Gift of Good Land, 1981, Standing by Words, 1985, Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, 1993; co-editor: (with Jackson and Colman) Meeting the Expectations of the Land, 1985, Home Economics, 1987, What Are People For, 1990, Harland Hubbard: Life and Work, 1990, Standing on Earth, 1991, Another Turn of the Crank.



Faculty, University of Ky. 1964-1977, since 1987, Distinguished.


Married Tanya Amyx in 1957.

John Marshall Berry - farmer , lawyer

Virginia Erdman Berry

Tanya Amyx - United States