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Gretel Ehrlich

Autor(a) de The Solace of Open Spaces

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About the Author

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of "A Match to the Heart" among other works of nonfiction, fiction & poetry. She divides her time between California & Wyoming. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Obras de Gretel Ehrlich

The Solace of Open Spaces (1985) 856 cópias
A Blizzard Year (1999) 214 cópias
Islands, the Universe, Home (1991) 141 cópias
Heart Mountain (1988) 127 cópias
Arctic Heart: A Poem Cycle (1992) 19 cópias

Associated Works

My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) — Introdução, algumas edições912 cópias
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuinte — 772 cópias
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuinte — 395 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 236 cópias
The Best American Essays 1991 (1991) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
The Best American Essays 1987 (1987) — Contribuinte — 85 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 65 cópias
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias
Antaeus No. 61, Autumn 1988 - Journals, Notebooks & Diaries (1988) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Night: A Literary Companion (2009) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Unbridled: The Western Horse in Fiction and Nonfiction (2005) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Locais de residência
Hawi, Hawaii, USA
Wyoming, USA
Montana, USA
Bennington College
University of California, Los Angeles (Film School)
travel writer
non-fiction writer
Conan, Neal (husband)
Whiting Writers' Award (1987);National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a Whiting Foundation Award, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Harold B Vurcell Award at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She and the theatre director, Martha Clarke were awarded a Bellagio Fellowship.
Pequena biografia
Gretel Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, California. She worked in film for ten years, then began writing fulltime in 1978 after the death of a loved one. She had been filming on a 250,000 acre sheep and cattle ranch in northern Wyoming at the time, and there she stayed. 1991 was the year Ehrlich was hit by lightning while taking a walk on her ranch. She was hospitalized and severly debilitated for several years. Having recovered from her lightning injuries, Ehrlich began traveling. In 1993, she went to the foothills of the Himalayas in western China. Intending to write a book on the four sacred Buddhist in China, she was so appalled by the stripping away of culture and humanity during the Cultural Revolution, that she found herself writing something altogether different. That same year, Ehrlich also began traveling north to Greenland. “I wanted to get above treeline, to see nothing but horizons. Once there, she fell in love with the Inuit people and traveled with subsistence hunters by dogsled for months at a time out on the sea ice.



The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich is a set of descriptive essays about the American West, in particular Wyoming, and the ranching way of life. My husband and I spent many of our holidays on driving trips throughout the west, and Wyoming, was one of our favorite destinations so I loved reading about the natural beauty and isolation of this magnificent state. Ehrlich was grieving the death of her partner when she came to Wyoming and found this a perfect place to recover. As a poet and a filmmaker she has both the eye and the words to paint a vivid picture of the place and the way of life that she found there.

There are twelve essays that comprise the book, each one dealing with a different aspect or adventure that she experienced. Sheep herding, attending rodeo, or Indigenous events all come to life under her pen. Personally my favorite essays were the ones that found her describing the scenery, nature and unexpected weather conditions. From the Wind River to the Big Horn Mountains, this is a special place and she captures the uniqueness of both the land and the people who live there with depth and humor.

Both meditative and descriptive, The Solace of Open Spaces explores a region of breathtaking mountains and colorful high plains. The author knows Wyoming and we, the readers, are invited to visit and soak up these open spaces for a short while.
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DeltaQueen50 | outras 19 resenhas | Feb 10, 2024 |
Some of the best writing of this genre. Her phrases resonate.
jemisonreads | outras 19 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
That high western essay. A classic I am sure I first came across at my grandparents in Alma, this copy was picked up at The Dusty Bookshelf in Lawrence a dozen years ago. Finally read over the course of a day when I was feeling low. I will never again care for stock, but could sure use the hermitage now and again. Mine will be out on the Olympic Peninsula, hopefully sooner than later...
kcshankd | outras 19 resenhas | Apr 8, 2023 |
This was a well written and entertaining book. I felt very moved by the descriptions and impressions of life in the West.
bcrowl399 | outras 19 resenhas | Apr 1, 2023 |



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