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The Wilderness World of John Muir
     

The Wilderness World of John Muir

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by John Muir
 

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During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag. In 1903, while on a three-day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is given major credit for saving the

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During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag. In 1903, while on a three-day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is given major credit for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona's Petrified Forest. Muir's writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of an America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago. Edwin Way Teale has collected here the best of Muir's writing, selected from all of his major works, including MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA and TRAVELS IN ALASKA. THE WILDERNESS WORLD OF JOHN MUIR provides "reading that is often magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring" (Kirkus Reviews).

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The Nation
This admiringly edited volume is especially welcome... Here is a substantial selection including may of his greatest passages.
A selection of writings by John Muir (1838-1914), the American conservationist. Carefully chosen and introduced by the editor, the 51 excerpts recreate the story of Muir's boyhood, college studies, 1000-mile walk to the Gulf of Mexico, observation of birds and trees, and discovery of glaciers in Yosemite. Originally published in 1954. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780395082416
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/01/1954
Pages:
332

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John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of the National Parks Act, and founder of the Sierra Club, acting as its president until his death. Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence."
 

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