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The Life of the Bee Hardcover – 1 Jul 2002
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About the Author
Maurice Maeterlinck (1862- 1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet and essayist who wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911. The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Nobel Prize winner offers brilliant proof that "no living creature, not even man, has achieved in the center of his sphere, what the bee has achieved."
From their amazingly intricate feats of architecture to their intrinsic sense of self-sacrifice, Maeterlinck takes a "bee's-eye view" of the most orderly society on Earth.
Translated by Alfred Sutro - Introduced by John Heath-Stubbs - Illustrated by Wilf Hartley.
Special Ed from the Folio Society.
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It must surely be the most beautiful evocation of the bees' lives ever written. I read it with the same pleasure as I do great poetry, even though my interest in bees is limited at best to my alarm that they're being decimated by our chemicals. Anyone can read this book and derive as much aesthetic pleasure from it as one gleans from its fascinating insights into these astonishing creatures. Your next dollop of honey will never be quite the same.