Helen Knothe Nearing (February 23, 1904 – September 17, 1995) was an American author and the second wife of Scott Nearing. Helen Knothe and Scott Nearing started their relationship together in 1928. They married nearly twenty years later on December 12, 1947.
The Nearings lived a simple life in rural Vermont where they grew much of their own food and erected nine stone buildings over the course of two decades. Cash was earned from producing maple syrup and sugar from the trees on their land and from Scott Nearing's occasional paid lectures.
- The Good Life Picture Album (1974)
- Simple Food for the Good Life (1980)
- Wise Words for the Good Life (1980)
- Our Home Made of Stone (1983)
- Loving and Leaving the Good Life (1992)
- Light on Aging and Dying (1995)
Books co-authored with Scott Nearing:
- The Maple Sugar Book: being a plain practical account of the Art of Sugaring designed to promote an acquaintance with the Ancient as well as the Modern practise, together with remarks on Pioneering as a way of living in the twentieth century. New York: John Day Co., 1950.
- Living the Good Life (1954) ISBN 0-88365-236-6
- Socialists Around the World (1958)
- Building and Using Our Sun-Heated Greenhouse (1977)
- Continuing the Good Life (1979)
- Margaret Killinger The Good Life of Helen K. Nearing, 2007.
- Also see Margaret Killinger Helen Knothe Nearing: A Biography, 2004, doctoral thesis version (warning large pdf file)
- Nearing, The Making of a Radical, pg. 47.
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