Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River

Overview

— Story of an influential life told in a unique and spirited voice
— Nationally known as the first lady of conservation, the woman who "saved" the Florida Everglades
— Founder of the Friends of the Everglades, a feminist, a fighter for racial justice, and always a writer
— Her intelligence, wit, and insight mirror an indomitable spirit
— A must-have for anyone interested in conservation, the environment, or biographies of fascinating people
— Now in its 7th printing

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Overview

— Story of an influential life told in a unique and spirited voice
— Nationally known as the first lady of conservation, the woman who "saved" the Florida Everglades
— Founder of the Friends of the Everglades, a feminist, a fighter for racial justice, and always a writer
— Her intelligence, wit, and insight mirror an indomitable spirit
— A must-have for anyone interested in conservation, the environment, or biographies of fascinating people
— Now in its 7th printing

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"This vivid of a full and inspiring life illustrates the wonderful potential of the human spirit. Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a national treasure."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Society editor for the Miami Herald, circa World War I, and a freelance writer between the world wars, Douglas wrote the classic Everglades: River of Grass in 1947 and launched a new career as conservationist. At 97, Douglas is still a potent force in Florida's environmental politics. With Rothchild, author of Up for Grabs, she here talks about her life; he has edited some 200 hours of tapes for a delightful portrait of an indomitable lady. Douglas's parents separated when she was six, and she grew up in New England with her mother's family. After graduating from Wellesley, she was married briefly, then, in 1915, joined her father in Miami and began her writing career. Rothchild gives us an affectionate introduction to the ``tiny woman in the floppy hat.'' Photos. September
Library Journal
``Complaining about being old, nobody loves you, nobody comes to see you is a big mistake. Maybe people don't come to see you because you bore them to death,'' 97-year-old Douglas writes. This author/conservationist has been making headlines and boring few in Florida since 1915 when she began writing for the Miami Herald, the paper her father founded. Her story is wordy, chatty, and well worth wading through. Each page is packed with wit, insight, and common sense. Douglas also wrote the well-read The Everglades: river of grass 1947. Douglas's voice is as flowing and forceful as the river she writes about. Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910923941
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 532,153
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    The Great One's Record

    Voice of the River, is just like I rated it, outstanding. The novel shows who I like to call the 'Great One's' perspective on issues that are all but unimportant. Her Quaker ancestors gave Mrs. Douglas many Yankee ideas and views, and having been raised in New England surroundings, the Great One often shares her thoughts on past happenings. Because of this, I highly reccomend this novel only if one has a familiar relationship with U.S. History. Believe me, it will make the book all the more enjoyable. Being an autobiography, I find the Voice of the River an excelant record left by a hero. For me, as I would like to become a herpetologist, this novel was extremely interesting and good for me to have read. However it is not limited to environmentalists. Anyone could enjoy this novel written by an extremely important person to the entire United States, and not just Florida. So take a dive, and experience all that has made me so happy. I have not one complaint towards the Voice of the River.

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