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Library of America
John Muir

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John Muir. Nature Writings
Nature Writings book jacket Edited by: William Cronon
Library of America
ISBN: 1-883011-24-8
Series Number: 92
Product Code: 200917
Price: $35.00
In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir made himself America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a far-seeing prophet of environmental awareness, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West. Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume.

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913) is Muir's memoir of growing up in rural Scotland and coming to America with his family at age eleven, and of his early fascination with the natural world. My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) is his famous account of the spiritual awakening he experienced when, in 1869, he first encountered the mountains and valleys of central California. The natural history classic The Mountains of California(1894) draws on half a lifetime of exploration of the High Sierra country to celebrate and evoke the region's lakes, forests, flowers, and animals, its glaciers, storms, floods, and geological formations, in a masterpiece of observation and poetic description. Stickeen (1909), Muir's most popular book, is the affectionate story of his adventure with a dog in Alaska. Rounding out the volume is a rich selection of essays that highlight various aspects of his career: his exploration of what became Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks, his successful crusades to preserve the wilderness, his early walking tour of Florida, and the Alaska journey of 1879.


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