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Michael Sims

    

    

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"He's a canny writer, fond of oblique angles, gifted with a richly evocative style"

JAY PARINI, LITERARY REVIEW

"Sims' forte is translating diligent research into entertaining narrative"

CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

"His descriptions of nature are evocative and subtle"

THE SCOTSMAN

"A fine stylist"

WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Sentence after faultless, graceful sentence"

HORN BOOK

"His style sings"

THE TIMES (London)

"Sims's research is thorough, his prose clear, direct, and concise"

WASHINGTON POST

"An acclaimed science writer with a flair for giving reality the luster of myth."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Sims has the breadth...of Montaigne of Robert Burton or Sir Thomas Browne, the whimsical omnivorousness of the 18th-century essayists....[He] seems not only to have read everything, the trivial as well as the lofty, but to have remembered all of it."

John Banville, NEW YORK TIMES Book Review (lead review)

"With the brain of a scientist and the voice of a poet, Michael Sims makes the commonplace become truly miraculous."

Ross King

"A great poet and storyteller...[with] a rare gift for showing the most taken-for-granted basics of human life as radical, mystical and strange."

Bookslut

"Sims [writes] with wisdom, wit and unobtrusive erudition."

Alberto Manguel

"[Sims's] message to the reader is to think, but to have a good time doing so."

Deborah Blum

"Something of an all-rounder and clearly as comfortable writing about science as the arts."

THE TIMES (London)

"Sims is best at linking ideas and things: Think of it as literary hand-eye coordination."

Jerome Weeks, DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"Michael Sims displays an astonishing erudition and great feeling."

Frans de Waal

"An urbane, witty, and encyclopedic raconteur."

Paul Mariani


 

"Sims's range is awesome."
—Martin Gardner

Michael Sims is an internationally acclaimed nonfiction author, journalist, editor, and speaker.

Although he has written about everything from watershed ecology to Vthe natural history of vampires, from satirical poetry to children's books, his favorite turf is the borderland where nature and culture meet: the wild and crazy landscape where the human imagination responds to the natural world, resulting in anything from Charlotte's Web to the Scopes Trial to pink plastic flamingos.

Michael's essays, articles, reviews, and book excerpts have appeared in many periodicals, including New York Times, The Times (London), Reader's Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Orion, American Archaeology, Health, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Financial Times (Australia).

Click on a book jacket in the row above for more information on any of Michael's nonfiction books:

THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond (2014)

THE STORY OF CHARLOTTE'S WEB: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic (2011)

IN THE WOMB: Animals (National Geographic Books, spring 2009)

APOLLO'S FIRE: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination (Viking, 2007)

ADAM'S NAVEL: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form (Penguin UK and Viking, 2007)

DARWIN'S ORCHESTRA: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts (Henry Holt, 1997)

Or for the anthologies he has edited:

THE PHANTOM COACH: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories (2014)
Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

THE DEAD WITNESS: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories (2011)
Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VICTORIAN WOMEN IN CRIME: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes (2011)
Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

DRACULA'S GUEST: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories (2010) Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF GASLIGHT CRIME: Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues, and Scoundrels from the Time of Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

THE ANNOTATED ARCHY AND MEHITABEL (2006) by Don Marquis / Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims

ARSÈNE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN-THIEF (2007) by Maurice Leblanc / Edited with Notes and Introduction by Michael Sims