Acquainted with the Night
An Hour by Hour Celebration of the Art, Science, and Culture of Nighttime
By Christopher Dewdney
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582343969, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2004
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A gorgeously written exploration of the twelve hours of night.
We prepare for it each evening, and spend half our lives in its embrace, yet night retains its mysteries. In Acquainted with the Night, author Christopher Dewdney takes readers on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal realm. Twelve chapters correspond to the twelve hours of an "ideal" night, starting at 6PM and ending at 6AM, and serve as points of departure for night's central themes: sunsets, nocturnal animals, bedtime stories, festivals of the night, fireworks, nightclubs, astronomy, sleep and dreams, the graveyard shift, ladies of the night, the art of night, and endless nights. With boundless curiosity, a lyrical, intimate tone, and an eye for nighttime beauties both natural and manmade, Dewdney paints a captivating portrait of our hours in darkness.
Christopher Dewdney is a poet who has also written extensively about language, culture, and media. The author of three books of nonfiction - Last Flesh, The Secular Grail, and The Immaculate Perception - as well as eleven books of poetry, he is a three-time nominee for Governor General's Awards and a first-prize winner of the CBC Literary Competition. Dewdney lives in Toronto, Ontario, where he is writer in residence at the Glendon Campus of York University.