The Story of My Heart by Richard Jefferies as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams

By Jeffries, Richard with Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams

ISBN 9781937226411

Price $21.95

Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams came across a copy of British nature writer Richard
Jefferies’ The Story of My Heart in a small Maine bookstore. The beautiful volume intrigued the couple and inspired a journey: they traveled to England in order to learn more about the 19th-century nature essayist, to wander the countryside which so inspired and captivated him. Delving into this love letter to nature strengthened and refreshed Terry and Brooke’s relationship with each other and with the natural world.

Originally published in 1883, The Story of My Heart explores the existence of a “soul-life”
as Jefferies experienced while wandering in England. With an introduction by Terry and essays by Brooke alongside Jefferies’ original work, these two beloved writers and environmentalists contemplate dilemmas of modernity, the intrinsic need for wildness, and what it means to be human in the 21st century. Scott Slovic, editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, provides the afterword.