English Professor Dewey Hall has published a book that studies the link between Romantic naturalists and environmentalists.
In “Romantic Naturalists, Early Environmentalists: An Ecocritical Study, 1789-1912,” Hall argues that literary figures William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson were both influenced by English naturalist Gilbert White.
Wordsworth and Emerson shaped the early environmental movement as poets-turned-naturalists who called attention to the locomotive’s impact in their respective countries during the industrial revolution. Both also influenced the movements to create national parks and lands in their countries.
The book is published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. of the United Kingdom. It is available in hardcover and electronic versions.