“The best essayist of my generation.”
“America’s most intelligent and wide-ranging essayist-naturalist.”
“One of the very best writers of his generation.”
“Edward Hoagland is a strong, solid writer with a splendid feel for the intricacy, queerness and stubborn pertinacity of life. He is also, so far as I know, the best essayist working in our perishing republic.”
“Hoagland is our wild world’s literary virtuoso.”
“The Thoreau of our time, an essayist so intensely personal, so sharp-eyed and deep-sighted, so tender and tough, lyrical and elegiac, as to transmute a simple stroll into a full-blown mystical experience.”
“The best of Edward Hoagland is the best in the land.”
“Hoagland, one of the few American writers who has forged a brilliant career out of essays, is our Chopin of the genre.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
"One of the best celebrants of the natural world."
"Hoagland is surely one of our most truthful writers about nature . . ."
--The New York Times Book Review