The Wilderness World of John Muir

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John Muir's extraordinary vision of America comes to life in these fascinating selections from his personal journals.

As a conservationist, John Muir 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 widely recognized for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona's ...

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Overview

John Muir's extraordinary vision of America comes to life in these fascinating selections from his personal journals.

As a conservationist, John Muir 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 widely recognized 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. In The Wildernesss World of John Muir Edwin Way Teale has selected the best of Muir's writing from all of his major works—including My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska—to provide a singular collection that provides to be "magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring" (Kirkus Reviews).

"Reading that is often magnificent, thrilling and exciting... ."--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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618127511
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 384,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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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