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In the last decades of the 19th century, his prolific nature essays helped spawn the Nature Study movement and made him an international celebrity.
As early as 1871, when his first book of nature essays was published, Burroughs was acclaimed as an American Gilbert White, the pioneering British naturalist and author of The Natural History of Selborne. In 1875 Henry James praised his "real genius" for natural history and called him a "more humorous, more available, and more sociable Thoreau. Readers were charmed by Burroughs's enthusiastic accounts of ordinary walks made extraordinary by keen observation. By the late 1880s, when his first collection of nature essays for children was published, he was one of America's most popular interpreters of the natural world. He kept writing until 1921, when he died at the age of 84.
|I.||Among the Wild Flowers||3|
|II.||The Heart of the Southern Catskills||37|
|V.||Notes from the Prairie||95|
|VII.||A Young Marsh Hawk||143|
|X.||Glimpses of Wild Life||185|
|XI.||A Life of Fear||209|
|XII.||Lovers of Nature||217|
|XIII.||A Taste of Kentucky Blue-Grass||239|
|XIV.||In Mammoth Cave||261|
|XVI.||Bird Life in an Old Apple-Tree||295|
|XVII.||The Ways of Sportsmen||303|
|XVIII.||Talks with Young Observers||309|