Life and Work of Wendell Berry

Scope: 

Poet, essayist, farmer, and novelist Wendell Berry is a native of Henry County Kentucky.  Berry is the author of more than forty books of poetry, essays, and novels and taught English and Creative Writing at New York University and University of Kentucky before moving back to his family farm in northeast Kentucky.  He has been farming and writing with his wife at Lane's Landing Farm for over forty years.  As a prominent defender of agrarian values and supporter of the local economy, he sees industrial farming, strip mining, and mountaintop removal as considerable threats to the health of the people and mountains of Southern Appalachia. This document is designed as an introduction to the literature written by Berry and the literature written about Berry.

Introductory Text: 

Merchant, Paul, ed. Wendell Berry. Lewiston, Idaho: Confluence Press, 1991. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3552.E75 Z95 1991

Peters, Jason. Wendell Berry: Life and Work.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. ASU MAIN STACKS PS3552.E75 Z96 2007

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant:

  • Berry, Wendell, 1934-
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Criticism and interpretation     
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Interviews

Also Relevant:

  • Authors, American -- Kentucky
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Aesthetics
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Addresses -- Essays -- Lectures
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Homes and haunts -- Kentucky -- Henry County
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Knowledge -- Natural history
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Musical settings
  • Berry, Wendell, 1934 -- Poetry -- Musical settings
  • Kentucky -- Fiction

More General:

  • Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- United States
  • Agriculture -- Social aspects -- United States
  • Agriculture -- Environmental aspects
  • Appalachians (People) -- Cumberland Mountains
  • Authors, American -- 20th century -- Interviews
  • Christian poetry, American
  • Country life – Kentucky -- Fiction
  • Country life -- Kentucky -- Poetry
  • Farm life -- Kentucky -- Poetry
  • Mountaintop removal mining -- Environmental aspects -- Kentucky
  • Nature -- Poetry
  • Port William (KY: Imaginary place) -- Fiction
  • Strip mining -- Environmental aspects -- Kentucky
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • BS2415
  • E169.12
  • HC79.E5
  • HD1761
  • HN59.2
  • PS3552.E75
  • S441
  • TD195.S75
Books: 

Angyal, Andrew J. Wendell Berry. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3552.E75 Z58 1995

Berry, Wendell. A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3552.E75 C6

___________. Collected Poems, 1957-1982. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3552.E75 A17 1985

___________. The Memory of Old Jack. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich, 1974. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3552.E75 M4 1985

Peters, Jason. Wendell Berry: Life and Work.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. ASU MAIN STACKS PS3552.E75 Z96 2007

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

“Berry, Wendell.” Encyclopedia Britannica 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.  <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9104116>. FULL TEXT AVAILABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

“Berry, Wendell." The Writers Directory 2009. Ed. Lisa Kumar. Vol. 1. 24th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 2008. 173. Gale Virtual Reference Library. FULL TEXT AVAILABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

“Berry, Wendell.” Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Biography 2000. Oxford: Helicon. FULL TEXT AVAILABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

"Communitarianism." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William Darity, Jr. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 38-40. Gale Virtual Reference Library. FULL TEXT AVAILABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

Ball, Terrance. "Wendell Erdman Berry (1934- ) American Writer, Poet, and Conservationist". 2005. <http://www.bookrags.com/research/wendell-erdman-berry-1934--american-env....

Driskell, Leon V. "Wendell Berry." Dictionary of Literary Biography 5. 62-66.
Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co. UNCA REFERENCE Ref. PN451 .D5

Bibliographies: 

Freedman, Russell. Wendell Berry: A Bibliography. Lexington: University of Kentucky Libraries, 1998. Occasional Papers Series No. 12. UNC CHARLOTTE GENERAL COLLECTION PS3552.E75 Z76 1998

Murphy, Tom. "Wendell Berry's Work." <http://www.brtom.org/wb/berry.html>.

Strunk, Angela. "Wendell Berry." <http://www.english.eku.edu/SERVICES/KYLIT/berry.htm>.

Abstracts and Indices: 

Academic OneFile (Available on ASU Library website)
Pertinent Subject Headings:
Berry, Wendell
Berry, Wendell - 1934-
Berry, Wendell - Criticism and interpretation

WorldCat (Available on ASU Library website)
Pertinent Subject Headings:
Berry, Wendell
Berry, Wendell - Criticism and interpretation
Berry, Wendell - Works

JSTOR (Available on ASU Library website)
Pertinent Subject Headings:
Berry, Wendell

Journals: 

Appalachian Journal. Boone, NC: Appalachian State University, 1972. ASU SPEC APP COLL F216.2 A66

Christian Century Foundation. The Christian Century. Chicago: Christian Century Foundation, 1902. FULL TEXT AVAIABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

Morgan, Frederick. The Hudson Review. New York: Hudson Review, 1948. FULL TEXT AVAIABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

Monroe, Harriet. Poetry. Chicago: Modern Poetry Association, 1912. FULL TEXT AVAIABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

University of the South. The Sewanee Review. Sewanee, TN: T. Hodgson, 1892. FULL TEXT AVAIABLE THROUGH ASU CATALOG

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Taylor Kirkland, 13 November 2008