Muir - Nature Writings The Story of My Boyhood and Youth - My First Summer in the Sierra - The Mountains of California - Stickeen - Essays

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List price: $35.00
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 4/22/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 928
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

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.

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
My First Summer in the Sierra
The Mountains of California
Stickeen
Yosemite Glaciers
Yosemite Valley in Flood
A Geologist's Winter Walk
Wild Wool
Flood-Storm in the Sierra
Living Glaciers of California
God's First Temples: How Shall We Preserve Our Forests?
Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta
Alaska
Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park
The American Forests
The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West
The Yellowstone National Park
The Forests of the Yosemite Park
The Grand Canon of the Colorado
Hetch Hetchy Valley
Cedar Keys
Save the Redwoods
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Index

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