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Publication Order of Ishmael Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Book of the Damned (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleepwalking Thru a Marriage (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Adam (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Woomeroo (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invisibility of Success (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Teachings That Came Before and After Ishmael (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

The Man Who Grew Young (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Work, Work, Work (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways. (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Black Thorn, White Rose(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Daniel Quinn

Daniel Clarence Quinn (October 11, 1935 – February 17, 2018) is most widely known for his novel Ishmael. Mr. Quinn was widely considered an environmentalist, although he didn’t appreciate the characterization as it implied the environment was separate from human life.

Mr. Quinn was born in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Creighton Preparatory School, he studied first at St. Louis University. Through the IES Abroad program he attended the University of Vienna, Austria. He returned to the United States and studied at Loyola University, Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in English, with cum laude honors.

He took some time off from education while he was a postulant at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Bardstown, Kentucky. While there, his spiritual director was the noted theologist and author Thomas Merton (Seven Storey Mountain) who ended his path towards becoming a Trappist monk. Mr. Quinn went into the publishing business and later abandoned his Catholic faith.

After he graduated from Loyola University, Chicago in 1957, Mr. Quinn got a job at The American Peoples Encyclopedia. He was a cutline writer where he wrote captions for illustrations, diagrams, photos of people, places, and art in the encyclopedia.

He talked about how difficult it was back before 21st century word processing. The captions had to be exactly three lines with 40-43 characters, flush right and left. It required an adroit use of words and infinite patience, plus an interesting, specialized typewriter that sized the letters just so where the “i” was as wide as a “w”.

Mr. Quinn’s writings stirred much controversy. One in particular was the claim that the “intensification of production to feed an increased population leads to a still greater increase in population”. Essentially, growing more food than is necessary to sustain the level of population directly leads to an increase in population to take up the extra food availability.

In 1988 Mr. Quinn collaborated with Alan D. Thornhill, an environmental biologist, to produce the video Food Production and Population Growth. The video was an in-depth look at the solid science of the ideas he wrote in his fiction stories.

His first novel, Ishmael, the most successful and popular of all Mr. Quinn’s books, was awarded the 1991 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Ward, a $500,000 prize. The award is for the for the best work of fiction presenting positive solutions to global problems. Ishmael examines the questions of humanity’s origins and the relationship with nature to try to find the answer to saving the world from humanity.

“Teacher Seeks Pupil
Must have an earnest desire to save the world.
Apply in person.”
Thus starts the one of the most unique and engrossing novels of its time. Answering the ad, the man goes to an abandoned office and encounters a gorilla named Ishmael.

The man undertakes an intellectual journey with Ishmael; an adventure of the soul and of the mind. The adventure will forever change how this man views humankind and the world he occupies.

Ishmael was a groundbreaking novel and was published in over 25 languages and has since been used in thousands of classrooms from middle school through graduate school in an remarkable range of classes: philosophy, anthropology, biology, zoology, economics, archeology, geography, history, religion, ecology, political science, and sociology.

Ishmael was the first in a series of books about the extraordinary relationship of the gorilla Ishmael and others. In the second book, The Story of B, Father Jared Osborne’s order has a centuries-old mandate to know when the Antichrist is among us. Father Osborne is sent to Europe to search for a vagabond preacher, who goes by “B”, whose exciting and inspiring talks are drawing followers in numbers that are growing.

B is an American, who’s isn’t a spiritual fanatic but rather a man who has been deeply researching the unknown history of our planet, going back millions of years. The Story of B lets readers follow an intellectual path that may change the way they view human history, spirituality, and our world.

The third novel in Mr. Quinn’s series, My Ishmael, allows us to view the association between the gorilla Ishmael, who has telepathic powers and a twelve-year-old girl who has a strong humanitarian heart. This young lady is challenging Ishmael to question his wisdom and role as teacher of humanity.

Julie Gerchak isn’t going to take Ishmael’s reluctance to teach a twelve-year-old as a no. She convinces Ishmael to let her be his next student. Although she is very young, she proves she can carve out her own path of spirituality and is ready to learn.

Besides other fiction novels, Mr. Quinn wrote some non-fiction works. In Mr. Quinn’s If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways, he starts to answer the question he has been frequently asked hundreds of time. “How do you do what you do?” He shares with readers the machinations of this thinking, the process he goes through while he is challenging traditional thoughts and encouraging others to find their own creative and maybe revolutionary ways.

Mr. Quinn didn’t focus only on the adults on the planet. He frequently reached out to children, believing that educating them about the necessity of saving our planet is the best way to save the future of the world.

Work, Work, Work is an adorable picture book about a hardworking gopher whose days are to burrow from dawn to dusk beneath an enchanted land. The little gopher never gets to see the land above and he grumbles about it. Not all above is what he might expect. An airship spray-paints the morning sky and and two UFOs meet for an unusual exchange then a huge octopus-like creature, fresh from destroying Las Vegas shows up. A deluge of toasters, hotdogs, and hats is piled on the creature to subdue it. At the end, a giant hangs the moon in the sky. When the little gopher finally surfaces at twilight, he’s excited to see what he’s been missing.

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