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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 founder of the Sierra Club and its president until his death, as well as the discoverer of Glacier Bay and the largest of Alaska's tidal glaciers, 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 over the back fence." As the world confronts the deterioration of the natural environment and an ever-quickening pace for life, the attraction of Muir's writing has never been greater.
Number of Pages: 332
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1982
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
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).