Born in Minnesota in 1890 and raised and educated in Massachusetts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas came to Florida in 1915 to work for her father, who had just started a newspaper called the Herald in a small town called Miami. In this "frontier" town, she recovered from a misjudged marriage, learned to write journalism and fiction and drama, took on the fight for feminism and racial justice and conservation long before those causes became popular, and embarked on a long and uncommonly successful voyage into self-understanding. Way before women did this sort of thing, she recognized her own need for solitude and independence, and built her own little house away from town in an area called Coconut Grove. She still lives there, as she has for over 40 years, with her books and cats and causes, emerging frequently to speak, still a powerful force in ecopolitics.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas begins this story of her life by admitting that "the hardest thing is to tell the truth about oneself" and ends it stating her belief that "life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or a longer life, are not necessary." The voice that emerges in between is a voice from the past and a voice from the future, a voice of conviction and common sense with a sense of humor, a voice so many audiences have heard over the years—tough words in a genteel accent emerging from a tiny woman in a floppy hat—which has truly become the voice of the river.
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About the Author
Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the “river of grass,” and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed, determined woman who let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing her goals and living “my own life in my own way.” Everglades: River of Grass chronicles her involvement in Everglades affairs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.