THE LIFE OF THE BEE
by Maurice Maeterlinck
Originally published 1901, 176 pages, unabridged republication of the Alfred Sutro translation. This exuberantly poetic work offers brilliant proof that “no living creature, not even man, has achieved in the center of his sphere, what the bee has achieved”. From their amazingly intricate feats of architecture to their intrinsic sense of self-sacrifice, the author takes a “bee’s-eye view” of the most orderly society on Earth.
Maeterlinck was an enthusiastic and expert beekeeper, and was winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Literature. He did not intend to write a scientific treatise, although he details the mathematically accurate construction of the hive, the division of labor among community members, the life of the young queen, and her miraculous nuptial flight. This fascinating study is a magnificent tribute to one of the most orderly communities in the world. It is also filled with humble lessons for the human race.
Paperback; 5-3/8 x 8-1/2″.
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