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The nature writing style of nonfiction prose about the natural environment often draws from scientific discoveries and facts about nature, commonly in a first-person narrative, and usually includes philosophical reflections on the natural world.

Some early writers mentioned animals in their texts; the descriptions of crocodiles by the Greek writer Herodotus (c. 485–25 b.c.e.) are probably the best-known in ancient literature. However, it was Gilbert White (1720–93) who was the first nature writer in the modern tradition. He was born in the village of Selborne, Hampshire, England. Trained as an Anglican clergyman, he returned to Selborne as the village curate. During his 20 years there he wrote a large number of letters about observations from his garden, from which 110 were collected and published as The ...

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