Joseph Wood Krutch

American writer, critic, and naturalist (1893-1970)

Joseph Wood Krutch (pronounced krootch) (November 25, 1893May 22, 1970) was an American writer, critic, pantheist, and naturalist.


  • In New England the struggle for existence is visibly the struggle of plant with plant, each battling his neighbor for sunlight and for the spot of ground which, so far as moisture and nourishment are concerned, would support them all. Here, the contest is not so much of plant against plant as of plant against inanimate nature. The limiting factor is not the neighbor but water; and I wonder if that is, perhaps, one of the things which make makes this country seem to enjoy a kind of peace one does not find elsewhere.
  • When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him Vandal. When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God we call him Sportsman.
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