John McPhee
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John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science.

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    • Draft No. 4

    • On the Writing Process
    • By: John McPhee
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    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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    • By Darwin8u on 11-15-18

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    Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research.....

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    Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same....

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    • By Cynthia on 07-05-05

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    • Silk Parachute

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    • By Darwin8u on 11-23-18

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    • Irons in the Fire

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    • By Darwin8u on 02-10-15

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