Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Albertson College Professor Co-edits Book of Essays by One of America

2002. 06. 17.

CALDWELL, ID- Albertson College of Idaho English professor Rochelle Johnson recently co-edited a book entitled "Essays on Nature and Landscape" which contains 10 works by 19th-century writer Susan Fenimore Cooper, one of America's earliest female nature writer. The book was published by the University of Georgia Press.

The book includes essays, introductions and prefaces from Cooper's various works, and examples of Cooper's own literary ornithology. According to Johnson, the essays 'display Cooper's varied thoughts about how humans should conceive of themselves in relation to the physical world.'

The daughter of James Fenimore Cooper, Susan Fenimore Cooper has become recognized as both a pioneer of American nature writing and an early advocate for ecological sustainability.

Cooper is best known as the author of 'Rural Hours,' a popular book chronicling her thoughts about the natural world she observed in 1850 near her home in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Johnson and Patterson have co-edited two books and written numerous book chapters and articles on Cooper.

In 2001, Johnson received a $4,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue study of Cooper. She also was awarded a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.

A graduate of Bates College (Maine) and Claremont Graduate University (Calif.), Johnson has taught at Albertson College since 1999.

For more information, contact Johnson at (208) 459-5894 or via email at rjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu.

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