Wednesday, March 23, 2016


A conversation with Werner Herzog, recorded for Stanford's "Another Look" book series,
on J.A. Baker's little-known masterpiece "The Peregrine" and the importance of reading.


 

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Werner Herzog is one of the most important film directors of the past half-century. He has directed nearly twenty feature films, including such masterpieces as Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo.

He has also directed dozens of influential documentaries, including many acclaimed recent films such as Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Into the Abyss and Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.

He has also directed operas, which have been staged at some of the most important venues in the world.

Finally, he is an accomplished writer, author of books like Of Walking in Ice and Conquest of the Useless. Recently, a book of interviews has been published as Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed.

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J.A. Baker was an English author. In addition to The Peregrine, which was first published in 1967 and won the Duff Cooper Prize, he was also the author of The Hill of Summer, which was published in 1969. He was born in 1926 and passed away in 1987. In the introduction to the NYRB Classics edition of The Peregrine, published in 2005, it was described as "a masterpiece of twentieth-century non fiction."





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