Barry Holstun Lopez

Barry Holstun Lopez (January 6, 1945 – December 25, 2020) was an American author, essayist, nature writer, and fiction writer whose work is known for its humanitarian and environmental concerns.

In a career spanning over 50 years, he visited more than 80 countries, and wrote extensively about a variety of landscapes including the Arctic wilderness, exploring the relationship between human cultures and nature. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Arctic Dreams (1986) and his Of Wolves and Men (1978) was a National Book Award finalist. He was a contributor to magazines including Harper’s Magazine, National Geographic, and The Paris Review.

Books in order of publication:


Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven. Sheed, Andrews & McMeel. 1976.

Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter: Coyote Builds North America. Sheed Andrews and McMeel. 1977.

River Notes: The Dance of Herons. Andrews and McMeel. 1979.

Winter Count. Scribner. 1981.

Crow and Weasel. North Point Press. 1990.

Field Notes: The Grace Note of the Canyon Wren. Alfred A. Knopf. 1994.

Lessons from the Wolverine. University of Georgia Press. 1997.

Light Action in the Caribbean: Stories. Random House. 2000

Resistance. Alfred A. Knopf. 2004.

Outside: Six Short Stories. Trinity University Press. 2014.


Of Wolves and Men. Scribner. 1978.

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. Scribner. 1986.

Crossing Open Ground. Vintage Books. 1989.

The Rediscovery of North America. Vintage Books. 1992.

About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory. Random House. 1998.

Apologia. University of Georgia Press. 1998.

Horizon. Penguin Random House. 2019.

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World. Random House. 2022.


Vintage Lopez. Vintage Books. 2004.

Edited volumes

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Trinity University Press. 2006.

The Future of Nature: Writing on a Human Ecology from Orion Magazine. Milkweed Editions. 2007

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