This weblog is devoted to the work and life of the important but largely unknown author, George. R. Stewart. Stewart, a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, who had a strong interest in geography and ecology, published 28 books between 1930 and his death in 1980.
Stewart was the first to write history and fiction from an ecological, Whole Earth perspective, and he was doing so in the 1930s. His first ecological novel – the first novel in which a natural event, rather than human characters, is the protagonist – was called Storm. It is from this book that we get the practice of naming storms. Stewart’s best-known work, which inspired other writers and musicians, is Earth Abides. Never out of print since its first publication in 1949, the book is available in 20 languages.
Stewart went on to invent several other types of literature. His influence, like that of JS Bach, has been wide. But, like JS Bach, he is known mainly to those who read his work, and those inspired by it. The new biography and this weblog attempts to bring Stewart to a wider audience, and to fill out his personal story for those who are already his fans.
Donald Scott is author of The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart, published in mid-2012 by McFarland.
Scott knew Stewart and his family and worked closely with the family on the book. Family members shared their memories of Stewart, and opened the excellent Anna Evenson family photo collection for use in the book. Scott’s is the authorized biography of George R. Stewart.
Scott is also a teacher, a ranger, a photographer, and a bit of a wanderer. His last full-time work was as a traveling Educator for NASA. From 2009 until 2014 he volunteered at U.S. Forest Service sites, National Parks, and similar places. One of those places was the historic Walking Box Ranch, retirement ranch for movie stars Clara Bow and Rex Bell. Set in the the largest Joshua Tree Forest on Earth the WBR has an interesting mix of wilderness, dark skies, architecture, and history.
Scott is currently at work on another book and several articles.