A Natural History of the Senses

Paperback | September 10, 1991

byDiane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman''s lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times. (Literature--Classics & Contemporary)

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Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in".--The New York Times

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Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times. (Literatu...

Diane Ackerman was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois, and received her B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. Ackerman's poe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:September 10, 1991Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679735666

ISBN - 13:9780679735663

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sensorium Ackerman has approached this book not as a scientific study of the senses but one where each sense is exercised as you read its respective chapter.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The intoxication of Life A Natural History of the Senses was recommended to me a few years back. I never got around to reading it until a few months ago. It is one of those books you wished you discovered on your own. I have learnt over the past few months that I am not the only person who fell in love with the writing of Diane Ackerman through this particular book. After the first few chapters I was calling everyone I knew reading them passages. Ackerman provides a poetically written, humourous, touching account of the senses. She draws upon literature, science, history, art... in fact, it seems she draws from every angle life provides, to understand the individual senses. Each sentence is lush in language and passionate in tone. Lifting your eyes from the book is rediscovering the world around you. Your senses will be engaged in the lucidity of its surroundings. The chapters are brief, perfect to read for someone with a busy life, and even better because you will be stopping to smell the flowers without realizing it.
Date published: 2000-10-09