Loren Eiseley

Eiseley_UPennLOREN EISELEY (1907-1977) was a native of Lincoln, NE. His childhood on the Great Plains served as a formative element in his lifelong fascination with and respect for nature as both a scientist and an author of multiple genres, including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. His work is defined by a distinctive balance of imaginative elements with observed, scientific details which Eiseley acquired from his training in anthropology and geology. For this, he is credited for making science more accessible to a general audience, especially through his essays, of which his collection The Immense Journey (1957) still serves as a representative work. Eiseley published four volumes of poetry during his lifetime: Notes of an Alchemist (1972), The Innocent Assassins (1973), Another Kind of Autumn (1977), and All The Night Wings (1978). In a more recent recovery project, his unpublished works have been collected in The Lost Notebooks of Loren Eiseley (2002).

Selected Poems  |  Scholarly Essays