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John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America) Hardcover – April 22, 1997
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- John Muir, 1901
Of all the extraordinary men and women that have made our nation great, one stands above all others for his dedication to preserving its unequaled natural beauty: John Muir. Founder of The Sierra Club, this lover of the western forests' legacy to our generation is the National Park system, through which millions of acres of unique ecosystems have been set aside for everyone's enjoyment.
"Muir: Nature Writings" is a collection of the writings of this Scottish expatriate who first stepped foot in America in 1849 as an eleven year old brawler and budding naturalist. Blessed with a childhood mastery of Latin and Greek as well as a discerning and disciplined eye, the learned boy possessed a poet's heart, a scientist's mind, and a theologian's soul. A genius, who as a teen whittled precision wooden scientific instruments, Muir used his diverse skills to vividly portray nature's life and death struggles on his family's Wisconsin farm in "My Boyhood & Youth." Here we find Muir learning to swim by observing frogs or recollecting the mindless slaughter of the Earth's most numerous bird, the now-extinct passenger pigeon, a forlorn tale that foreshadows the conservationist he was to become.
While in college polishing his mechanical skills, Muir was detoured into studying botany. Dropping out to make powered tools for factories, an accident left him rethinking that detour; he forsook the factory and walked across America. His journey led him to the Sierra Mountains, chronicled in "My First Summer in the Sierra." Now working as a shepherd, Muir drove his flock through Yosemite while making detailed nature studies.Read more ›
Muir must have been quite an individual - after working as a shepherd for a few months, he talks of getting time off from his employer, "tying some bread to his belt, and walking to Mammoth" from the Merced area of the western foothills of the Sierras. Yep, a nice casual stroll. Or climbing and looking down into the ice cone on Yosemite Falls. Why not? It's there every winter...
I hope Library of America will put out another volume so they can make "The Yosemite" available to all. In it, Muir describes the three native Californian "Yosemite" (Tuolumne, Sequoia, and Kings) almost as a tour guide. This book is a glaring omission from the LoA volume, and gives great insight into the mind of the premier conservationist of the early 1900s.
As always, LoA delivers a quality volume at a good price.
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Wonderful book. He was a superb writer, a pleasure to read, and very informative.Published 2 months ago by Susan K.
He will paint a picture in your imagination with his writing abilityPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book "John Muir: Nature Writings" arrived perfectly. Thank you, very much appreciated. Good reading.Published 6 months ago by Josette
I absolutely loved reading this, particularly his childhood. Puts in perspective our live with how enthusiastic he was despite what we today would called extreme or even abusive... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephen A. Means
A very large book with a lot of detail, but very interesting. Took us a very long time to read. If we were not hikers and interested in God's Creation, we probably would have... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Toe Nurse
I love this book. The vivid imagery he uses in his writing really takes me on a mental vacation. Definitely worth the read.Published 12 months ago by Kaleb Ingels
As far as I am concerned this is the best of all of Muir's writings. This book caused me along with family members to make a "pilgrimage" to John Muir's birthplace in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by George Magladry