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Robert Root

Robert Root is the editor of the anthologies Landscapes With Figures: The Nonfiction of Place and, with Michael Steinberg, The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction. He is also the author of the critical study E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist and Recovering Ruth: A Biographer’s Tale. His creative nonfiction works-in-progress are set along the Front Range of Colorado, the Hudson and Rhine Rivers, and the Erie Canal.

The Pattern of Life Indelible

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. —Henry David Thoreau, Walden   I. Great Pond 2002 I am surprised when I…