A wonderful book in which Richard Taylor develops his philosophy to life and more importantly to beekeeping in a readable and thoroughly delightful way.
Richard Taylor, a passionate apiarist since the late 1930s, lives in the Bristol Hills of upstate New York. His books and articles in metaphysics and ethics have been reproduced in many anthologies and translations. Graduate of the University of Illinois and postgraduate of Oberlin College and Brown University, he has taught at Swarthmore, Columbia and the University of Rochester and has held distinguished professorships at Brown, Hamilton College, Wells, and Hobart/William Smith Colleges.
Yet for Taylor it is the craft of beekeeping that has stimulated "more profound woolgathering and concocting of schemes than any other pursuit I know of." The woolgathering tends to result in finished prose. In an apparent cross-pollination of thought, the author's writings range from regular contributions to Gleanings in Bee Culture and American Bee Journal to With Heart and Mind (St. Martin's, 1973), a book of philosophy that bears an underlying similarity to the present work.
Author: Richard Taylor