Story Line

Story Line

by Ian Marshall
     
 

Many hikers on the Appalachian Trail take books as companions, in spite of the extra weight in their packs, but Ian Marshall carries the habit to new literary, ecological, and spiritual heights. In the more than twenty years he's been hiking the trail, Marshall, known on the AT as Evergreen, has practiced what he likes to call "an ecology of reading," exploring

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Many hikers on the Appalachian Trail take books as companions, in spite of the extra weight in their packs, but Ian Marshall carries the habit to new literary, ecological, and spiritual heights. In the more than twenty years he's been hiking the trail, Marshall, known on the AT as Evergreen, has practiced what he likes to call "an ecology of reading," exploring America's past, its landscape and national experience, through literature inspired by places in the Appalachian chain: "a literary heritage," he writes, "of interest to scholars and hikers alike, both seekers of a sort."

As he walks the trail from Georgia to Maine, Marshall brings together his own stories, heard and experienced along the trail, with the stories of those who, famous and otherwise, are part of the literary geography of each region—William Bartram, Annie Dillard, Thomas Jefferson, Whitman, Melville, Frost, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. Like notes left behind for other thru-hikers, their writings, seen through Marshall's eyes, plot a fresh "story line" of America's literary and ecological history. As he passes through the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge, the Delaware Water Gap, Greylock, the Greens and the Whites, to Ktaadn, Marshall takes us on a vision quest into our national character, from Native American myths through colonial America's economic and theological preoccupations, the aesthetic of Manifest Destiny, to our contemporary ecological awareness. This is book talk taken out of the classroom and onto the trail.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813917986
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Walking the Line1
1Cherokee Myths and the Pleasures of Geopiety10
2Puc Puggy in the Nantahalas: The Turning Point of William Bartram's Travels35
3Mary Noailles Murfree: Ecofeminist of the Great Smoky Mountains51
4Horace Kephart's "Man's Game" and the Community of Our Southern Highlanders70
5Pilgrim at Tinker Cliffs88
6From Imperialism to Nationalism: The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Cross the Blue Ridge103
7Confluences: The View from Jefferson Rock120
8From Wind Gap to Water Gap: On the Trail of Edgar Huntly131
9Where the Open Road Meets Howl151
10Greylock and the Whale162
11Synecdoche and Ecology: Frost in the Greens and Whites180
12Democracy and Ecology: Hawthorne's White Mountain Stories203
13Contact! Contact! A Walk to Thoreau's Ktaadn226
Notes251
Index271

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