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Collection Scope and Content Note


The Diane Ackerman collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, and reproductions of her published and unpublished writings, which include nature books, novels, poetry, essays, and articles. The collection includes research materials and notes, photographs, photocopies, press badges, and other printed material. Chief among her books are: The Planets, Wife of Light, Twilight of the Tenderfoot, Lady Faustus, On Extended Wings, Reverse Thunder, A Natural History of the Senses, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, The Moon by Whale Light, A Natural History of Love, Monk Seal Hideaway, The Rarest of the Rare, and A Slender Thread. Articles and essays in the collection include "Bats," "Crocodilians," "Penguins," "Whales," "Albatrosses," "Golden Monkeys," "Insect Love," "Last Refuge of the Monk Seals," "We Are Listening," "Sympathetic Magic," "How to Watch the Sky," "The Natural History of a Leaf," "Where the Sun Dines," and "The Children of Interplast"; and a play "Reverse Thunder."

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