Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science
(Paragon House, 1985; Reprinted in paperback by University Press of Virginia, 1992)
The first of five books outlining in prose the ideas discovered in The Garden and The New World. It contains several essays that have been reprinted many times, including The Neural Lyre: Poetic Meter, the Brain, and Time, which summarizes Fred's pathbreaking research on the cultural universality and neuroevolutionary foundations of poetic meter, and which has spawned a whole field of audiology and infant brain research. This essay won the Levinson Poetry Prize, and also helped form the intellectual core of the New Formalist movement in American poetry.