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John McPhee

John McPhee (born 1931) is a nonfiction writer who has (as of 2003) written 29 books. He is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and many of his books include material originally written for that magazine.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, McPhee was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, beginning in 1965. He has received literary honors including the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Pulitzer Price.

Books by John McPhee

  • A Sense of Where You Are (1965)
  • The Headmaster (1966)
  • Oranges (1967)
  • The Pine Barrens (1968)
  • A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969)
  • The Crofter and the Laird (1969)
  • Levels of the Game (1970)
  • Encounters with the Archdruid (1972)
  • The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973)
  • The Curve of Binding Energy (1974)
  • Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975)
  • The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975)
  • The John McPhee Reader (collection, 1977)
  • Coming into the Country (1977)
  • Giving Good Weight (collection, 1979)
  • Basin and Range (1981)
  • In Suspect Terrain (1983)
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse (1984)
  • Table of Contents (collection, 1985)
  • Rising from the Plains (1986)
  • Heirs of General Practice (1986)
  • The Control of Nature (1989)
  • Looking for a Ship (1990)
  • Assembling California (1993)
  • The Ransom of Russian Art (1994)
  • The Second John McPhee Reader (1996)
  • Irons in the Fire (1997)
  • Annals of the Former World (1998; contains Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California, plus some additional material)
  • The Founding Fish (2002)


Sir John McPhee was also a Premier of Tasmania.



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