One of the world’s preeminent biologists, Edward O. Wilson spent his boyhood exploring the forests and swamps of south Alabama and the Florida panhandle, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants—the latter to become his lifelong specialty. His memoir Naturalist, called “one of the finest scientific memoirs ever written” by the Los Angeles Times, is an inspiring account of Wilson’s growth as a scientist and the evolution of the fields he helped define.
This graphic edition, adapted by New York Times bestselling comics writer Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by C.M. Butzer, brings Wilson’s childhood and celebrated career to life through dynamic full-color illustrations and Wilson’s own lyric writing.
In this adaptation of Naturalist, vivid illustrations draw readers in to Wilson’s lifelong quest to explore and protect the natural world. His success began not with an elite education but an insatiable curiosity about Earth’s wild creatures, and this new edition of Naturalist makes Wilson’s work accessible for anyone who shares his passion. On every page, striking art adds immediacy and highlights the warmth and sense of humor that sets Wilson’s writing apart.
Naturalist was written as an invitation—a reminder that curiosity is vital and scientific exploration is open to all of us. Each dynamic panel of this graphic adaptation deepens Wilson’s message, renewing his call to discover and celebrate the little things of the world.
“This hearty graphic memoir is poised to inspire a new generation of naturalists.” —Publishers Weekly
“Thumbs up. … It’s amazing how you can’t separate the super-hero quotient from the form factor, so E.O. Wilson comes off looking like the super hero that he truly is. … Get this book!” —E-The Environmental Magazine
“This is a wonderful idea brilliantly executed…” —Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science
“Ottaviani’s adaptation is astonishingly detailed… Butzer’s illustrations are charming… Wilson’s life is undoubtedly a rich and fascinating one.” —Booklist
“This graphic novel tells his life story in a truly eye-catching way.” —Science+Nature
“This is an inspiring and accessible account—of his career and the fields [Wilson] helped to define—for all ages.” —In Practice
“The graphic format works well for such a tale… I enjoyed this book a lot.” —Mark Avery