Wild Rides and Wildflowers!

Wild Rides and Wildflowers!


About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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2 Responses to Wild Rides and Wildflowers!

  1. flowerville says:

    So viele. Gl├╝ckwunsch. ­čÖé eigentlich ist das die beste Idee, ein Buch auf diese Art zu schreiben, Blumen und Gedanken. So mu├č es sein. Und wird es einen Fortsetzungsband geben?
    Which reminds me to ask which Th Mann book you like best, and maybe you said already and i have forgotten. I might get round to appreciate him, after all, maybe.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      Many thanks! We had a good time writing the book. Like the books with Zarko, it is a two headed beast, dialectical by nature, and I like that.
      My two favorite books by Thomas Mann are his first and last: Buddenbrooks (the first German novel I ever read, and still full of the magic that brought with it, that first rich reading) and Felix Krull, bursting with a bearable lightness of being.


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