was born in Princeton,
New Jersey, and 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, where he has been a staff writer
since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense
of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus & Giroux and soon followed
with 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) and The Survival of
the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid
and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National
Book Awards in the category of science.
Since 1977, the year in which McPhee received the Award in Literature
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Farrar, Straus &
Giroux has published Giving Good Weight (collection, 1979), Basin
and Range (1981), In Suspect Terrain (1983), Rising from
the Plains (1986), The Control of Nature (1989), Assembling
California (1993), The Second John McPhee Reader (1996),
Irons in the Fire (1997) and several other works.
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