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From Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Dillard, in recognition of her long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself

“A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader,” warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. Carefully culled from her past work, The Abundance is quintessential Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and undeniably singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. The pieces within will exhilarate both admiring fans and a new generation of readers, having been “reframed and rehung,” with fresh editing and reordering by the author, to situate these now seminal works within her larger canon.

The Abundance reminds us that Dillard’s brand of “novelized nonfiction” pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life—a commuter chases snowball-throwing children through neighborhood streets, a teenager memorizes Rimbaud’s poetry—with beauty and irony, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, with a sense of humor: on one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar.

Reminding us of the indelible contributions of this formative figure in contemporary nonfiction, The Abundance exquisitely showcases Annie Dillard’s enigmatic, enduring genius, as Dillard herself wishes it to be marked.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Annie Dillard’s wise and funny essays remind us of what a profound blessing life can be if we do but one thing: pay attention.”

    Garry Trudeau, Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist

  • “Radical, funny, and moving, the brilliant essays of Annie Dillard call us to see and hear the things of our own real world, strikingly limned in shimmering prose as original now as the moment she first began.”

    Lee Smith, O. Henry Award–winning author

  • “Readers seeking pretty glimpses of heaven on earth will find little comfort here. Humor, yes. And a fair portion of the beautiful and the sublime. A great deal of the sublime. But little comfort…What I mostly felt, reading it, was gratitude for the bounty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Susan Ericksen transports listeners through time in her enraptured narration of twenty-two of Dillard’s foremost essays culled from her marvelous nonfiction…A complex journey beautifully told commands listening over and over to fully appreciate its layers of meaning and lyrical storytelling. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Without being awake and attentive, Dillard warns, we’ll miss the wondrous details of the world around us and the nuances of our own lives…Fans of Dillard will find nothing new, but this collection serves as a bracing introduction for readers unfamiliar with her work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ever a keen observer, Dillard hooks readers with unusual, often haunting, and yet precisely vivid descriptions…An excellent entry point into Dillard’s writing and would especially appeal to new readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “A collection of essays that serve as a solid introduction to a writer blessed with an all-consuming consciousness steeped in both faith and science.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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