Joseph Wood Krutch was an American writer, critic, and naturalist.
in Knoxville, Tennessee, he initially studied at the University
of Tennessee and received a masters degree and Ph.D. from Columbia
University. After serving in the army in 1918, he then travelled
in Europe for a year with friend Mark Van Doren. Afterwards, he
worked as teacher at Brooklyn Polytechnic.
became a theater critic for The Nation and wrote several books,
gaining acclaim through a work critical of the impact of science
and technology, The Modern Temper (1929). He also wrote biographies
of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau in the 1940s. Throughout
his life he wrote thirty-five books altogether.
worked as a professor at Columbia from 1937 to 1953. Moving to
Arizona in 1952, he wrote books about natural issues and the environment.
died from colon cancer in 1970.
book unlike a television program, moving picture or any other
"modern means of communication" can wait for years,
yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed. "
the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us,
although the cockroach would miss us most. "
are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many
ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask
for what you want. "
calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot
solve but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and
physicists could create a worm. "
people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational.
The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and
touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without
some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.
is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set, the
leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living
depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you
can do without. "
advertiser is the overrewarded court jester and court pander at
the democratic court. "
most serious charge which can be brought against New England is
not Puritanism but February. "
snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There
is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing
and one thing only. "
a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants. "