Wilderness World of John Muir

ISBN-10: 0618127518
ISBN-13: 9780618127511
Edition: 2001
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Description: During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he 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  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he 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 given major credit 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. 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 WILDERNESS WORLD OF JOHN MUIR provides "reading that is often magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring" (Kirkus Reviews).

The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California. One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

Introduction
Memories of Youth
Boyhood in Scotland
The New World
A Paradise of Birds
The Well
Knowledge and Inventions
The World and the University
University of the Wilderness
Start of the 1000-Mile Walk
People by the Way
A Tennessee Memory
Camping Among the Tombs
The Cuban Shore
New York
The Range of Light
First Glimpse of the Sierra
Bee Pastures
Start for the High Sierra
Billy the Shepherd
The Amorous Dog
The Mossy Boulder
Leaf Shadows
The Indian
Bread Famine
On the Brink of Yosemite Falls
The Bear, the Fly and the Grasshopper
Professor Butler
The Valley
The Grandeur of Yosemite Falls
Illilouette Falls
The Water Ouzel
Emerson at Yosemite
The Earthquake
Snow-Banners
Tracks in the Sand
Forests of the West
Wind-Storm in the Forest
The Dwarf Pine
Song of the Silver Pine
The Douglas Squirrel
Sequoia
Nevada Nut Pines
Any Fool Can Destroy a Tree
Glacier Pioneer
Discovery of the Sierra Glaciers
Shadow Lake
A Fall in the Mountains
Mount Ritter
A Perilous Night on Mount Shasta
Discovery of Glacier Bay
Glaciers by Starlight
Fire in the Rain
Stickeen
Villages of the Dead
Slaughter of the Walruses
Alaskan Auroras
The Philosophy of John Muir
Index

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