The Wilderness World of John Muir


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618127511

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

View: 9834

A collection of Muir's finest nature and environmental writings includes excerpts from all his major works, including Travels in Alaska and My First Summer in the Sierra. Reprint.

Son of the Wilderness

The Life of John Muir


Author: Linnie Marsh Wolfe

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299186340

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 364

View: 3135

Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America's firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend. All readers who have admired Muir's ruggedly individualistic lifestyle, and those who wish a greater appreciation for the history of environmental preservation in America, will be enthralled and enlightened by this splendid biography. The story follows Muir from his ancestral home in Scotland, through his early years in the harsh Wisconsin wilderness, to his history-making pilgrimage to California. This book, originally published in 1945 and based in large part on Wolfe's personal interviews with people who knew and worked with Muir, is one that could never be written again. It is, and will remain, the standard Muir biography.

Die Berge Kaliforniens


Author: John Muir

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783882210507

Category: Muir, John 1838-1914 / Travel / Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nevada)

Page: 352

View: 2840

The Wisdom of John Muir

100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist


Author: Anne Rowthorn

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899976948

Category: Nature

Page: 200

View: 1819

Largely using the Muir's own words, the author looks at the experiences, places and people that inspired and informed the naturalist's words and beliefs. Selected and commented on by the author of Your Daily Life Is Your Temple. Original.

Wilderness Essays


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423607120

Category: Nature

Page: 263

View: 9169

Part of John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation. His successes dot the landscape and are evident in all the natural features that bear his name: forests, lakes, trails, and glaciers. Here collected are some of Muir's finest wilderness essays, ranging in subject matter from Alaska to Yellowstone, from Oregon to the High Sierra.This book is part of a series that celebrates the tradition of literary naturalists--writers who embrace the natural world as the setting for some of our most euphoric and serious experiences. These books map the intimate connections between the human and the natural world. Literary naturalists transcend political boundaries, social concerns, and historical milieus; they speak for what Henry Beston called the "other nations" of the planet. Their message acquires more weight and urgency as wild places become increasingly scarce.

A Passion for Nature

The Life of John Muir


Author: Donald Worster

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199782245

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 535

View: 572

Donald Worster's A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written. It is the first to be based on Muir's full private correspondence and to meet modern scholarly standards, yet it is also full of rich detail and personal anecdote, uncovering the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. It traces Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his adult life in California right after the Civil War up to his death on the eve of World War I. It explores his marriage and family life, his relationship with his abusive father, his many friendships with the humble and famous (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his role in founding the modern American conservation movement. Inspired by Muir's passion for the wilderness, Americans created a long and stunning list of national parks and wilderness areas, Yosemite most prominent among them. Yet the book also describes a Muir who was a successful fruit-grower, a talented scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, and a self-made man of wealth and political influence. The winner of numerous book awards, A Passion for Nature was also named a Best Book of 2008 by Washington Post Book World. It is the first comprehensive biography of Muir to appear in six decades.

John of the Mountains

The Unpublished Journals of John Muir


Author: John Muir,Linnie Marsh Wolfe

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299078843

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 459

View: 6899

John Muir, America's pioneer conservationist and father of the national park system, was a man of considerable literary talent. As he explored the wilderness of the western part of the United States for decades, he carried notebooks with him, narrating his wanderings, describing what he saw, and recording his scientific researches. This reprint of his journals, edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe in 1938 and long out of print, offers an intimate picture of Muir and his activities during a long and productive period of his life. The sixty extant journals and numerous notes in this volume were written from 1867 to 1911. They start seven years after the time covered in The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, Muir's uncompleted autobiography. The earlier journals capture the essence of the Sierra Nevada and Alaska landscapes. The changing appearance of the Sierras from Sequoia north and beyond the Yosemites enthralled Muir, and the first four years of the journals reveal his dominating concern with glacial action. The later notebooks reflect his changes over the years, showing a mellowing of spirit and a deep concern for human rights. Like all his writings, the journals concentrate on his observations in the wilderness. His devotion to his family, his many warm friendships, and his many-sided public life are hardly mentioned. Very little is said about the quarter-century battle for national parks and forest reserves. The notebooks record, in language fuller and freer than his more formal writings, the depth of his love and transcendental feeling for the wilderness. The rich heritage of his native Scotland and the unconscious music of the poetry of Burns, Milton, and the King James Bible permeate the language of his poetic fancy. In his later life, Muir attempted to sort out these journals and, at the request of friends, published a few extracts. A year after his death in 1914, his literary executor and biographer, William Frederick Badè, also published episodes from the journals. Linnie Marsh Wolfe set out to salvage the best of his writings still left unpublished in 1938 and has thus added to our understanding of the life and thought of a complex and fascinating American figure.

Across the Shaman's River

John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North


Author: Daniel Lee Henry

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

ISBN: 1602233292

Category: History

Page: 285

View: 3693

Intro: To Tell the Story -- Prologue: Beacon -- Part One. Jil'kaat Aani -- Sojourners -- Power Plays -- Moving Heaven and Earth in Klukwan -- Eagles in the Heart -- Part Two. Dleit Aan'kaawu -- True Believers -- Crossed Paths -- Unbecoming Indians -- To'watte's Canoe -- Brotherhood -- Wilder Than -- Trampling the Shaman -- Epilogue: The Wild Line

The Wilderness Journeys


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847675700

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 736

View: 2548

Introduced by Graham White. ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.’ John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra The name of John Muir has come to stand for the protection of wild land and wilderness in both America and Britain. Born in Dunbar in 1838, Muir is famed as the father of American conservation. This collection, including the rarely seen Stickeen, presents the finest of Muir’s writings, and imparts a rounded portrait of a man whose generosity, passion, discipline and vision are an inspiration to this day. Combining acute observation with a sense of inner discovery, Muir’s writings of his travels though some of the greatest landscapes on Earth, including the Carolinas, Florida, Alaska and those lands which were to become the great National Parks of Yosemite and the Sierra Valley, raise an awareness of nature to a spiritual dimension. These journals provide a unique marriage of natural history with lyrical prose and often amusing anecdotes, retaining a freshness, intensity and brutal honesty which will amaze the modern reader.

Meditations of John Muir


Author: Chris Highland

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 9780899974965

Category: Nature

Page: 168

View: 7338

Editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips.

John Muir

From Scotland to the Sierra - A Biography


Author: Frederick Turner

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1782114319

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 4280

Immigrant, inventor, botanist, writer and pioneering conservationist, Muir is one of the great Scots of the nineteenth century. From his humble origins in Dunbar, John Muir has risen to the status of an American icon as the father of American conservation. While others dreamed of becoming the archetypal New World Man, escaping into the wilderness beyond the confines and comfits of civilisation, very few actually lived the dream as Muir did, fully and deeply. Frederick Turner's monumental work is the definitive biography on Muir.

Nature Writings

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, the Mountains of California, Stickeen, Selected Essays


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781883011246

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 888

View: 8301

A collection of Muir's definitive writings is brought together in a volume that includes The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, and various other essays on his attempts to preserve the wilderness.

Journeys in the Wilderness

A John Muir Reader


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Birlinn Limited

ISBN: 9781841586977

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 570

View: 5538

The name of John Muir has come to stand for the protection of wild land and wilderness in both America and Britain. Born in Dunbar in the east of Scotland in 1838, Muir is famed as the father of American conservation, and as the first person to promote the idea of National Parks.

On the Trail of John Muir


Author: Cherry Good

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9780946487622

Category: Nature

Page: 130

View: 6651

Follow the man who made the U.S. go green. John Muir was the confidant of presidents, father of American National Parks, trailblazer of world conservation, and voted man of the millennium in the U.S. This book brings refreshing new insights into the hero of world conservation. In a lively, intimate, humorous, and anecdotal account, Good draws on Muir's own books, articles, letters and diaries. She set herself On the Trail of John Muir to write his book - Dunbar in Scotland, the sand country of Fountain Lake and Hickory Hill, Meaford, Ontario, Wisconsin, the Yosemite Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Sierra Nevada, California, and the "Range of Light", Alaska.

Our National Parks


Author: John Muir

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447488385

Category: Nature

Page: 420

View: 8288

John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, writer, and an early member of the wilderness preservation movement in the United States. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. In this book, made up of sketches first published in the Atlantic Monthly, I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations and parks, with a view to inciting the people to come and enjoy them, and get them into their hearts, that so at length their preservation and right use might be made sure.

Global Warming: Handbook of Ecological Issues


Author: Paul F. Ploutz

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781456888916

Category: Nature

Page: 393

View: 2422

Global Warming: Handbook of Ecological Issues, with 10 questions after chapters 1-19 , is also designed for high school, college students, all citizens who seek a solid base for their ecological beliefs and positions. Please use this text to research, consider, develop, and perfect your beliefs on nature, ecological issues, and your role as an informed citizen

Meet the Bible

A Panorama of God's Word in 366 Daily Readings and Reflections


Author: Philip Yancey,Brenda Quinn

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310873177

Category: Religion

Page: 704

View: 7940

The story of the Bible starts with the simple statement, "In the beginning, God created . . ." From that first sentence of Genesis, the story of salvation unfolds in strange and wonderful mingling of the commonplace and the miraculous, the human and the transcendent. But if you were born after the baby boom, chances are the Bible seems more like an item of passing interest than a book of depth and meaning for the twenty-first century. If you're not familiar with the Bible, it can be difficult to put into perspective the puzzle of kings and prophets, giants and seven-headed dragons, shepherd boys and itinerant preachers, Old Testament law and New Testament grace. Meet the Bible introduces you to the full, epic sweep of the Bible -- the characters, the places, the times, the stories, and the meanings of this Book of books -- and shows you that even the most obscure passage can hold relevance for your life once you understand what to look for. Award-winning writer Philip Yancey and author Brenda Quinn are your guides on this one-year reading tour of the Bible. Each day's reading includes Scripture, contemporary commentary, and questions for contemplation -- all designed to offer insight into how the passage fits into the overall story of the Bible, and how it can speak to your life today. Meet the Bible takes you through the twists and turns of the Bible's many narratives, the high points and the low points, the good characters and the bad, as well as the eternal thoughts and descriptions of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. Here are stories to remember, images of real people and circumstances closer to your own life than you've ever imagined. By the time you've finished the year's worth of reading, you'll have gained a panoramic view of the whole Bible and a firm understanding of its ideas and teachings. If you've never read the Bible, or hardly know the Bible, or would just like to read the Bible in a fresh new way, Meet the Bible offers an inspiring mix of timeless wisdom and contemporary insight that will cause faith to ignite within you. Direct excerpts from Scripture give readers a panoramic tour of the Bible’s key passages, personalities, events, and ideas as the Old Testament sweeps into the New Testament. Culturally relevant commentary from Quinn and Yancey sheds light on each day’s passage, examining the twists and turns of the Bible’s many narratives, the high points and the low points, the good characters and the bad, as well as the eternal thoughts and descriptions of God and his Son. Reflections every five days provide life application for the week’s Scripture readings.

Moose Medicine

Healing Wisdom from the Natural World


Author: Robyn Bridges

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452569851

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 200

View: 1681

Addressing the pervasive longing for healing and belonging, Montana resident and therapist Robyn Bridges invites us to come along on a personal journey into the sentient arms of the natural world. Through a series of short stories of actual encounters with moose and other wildlife in southwest Montana, we adventure with her to find strength and renewal as an antidote to the disappointment and sorrow inherent in life. Gleaned from her years spent alone in lively conversation with the natural world, Bridges offers a feminine and indigenous pathway to becoming more intimate with our inner nature through exploring the natural world. And, like the solitary moose who ambles through streams finding needed nourishment, we discover how to thrive even through the seasons of our own aloneness. Moose Medicine provides a moist template through which the reader’s own instinctive knowing will tread. “At last, a book that explains how to connect with nature through heart and soul. Moose Medicine offers peaceful solutions for all our ills.” –Barbara McGowan, artist and author “For those hungering to find their way through spirit in nature, Robyn Bridges is a compassionate and knowing guide.” –Ginny Watts, M. Ed., psychotherapist, world dance artist, and author “Gentle and powerful, this beautifully written book guides the reader into self-reflection and new possibilities...” –Steve Guettermann, college lecturer and author

Nature and Landscape

An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics


Author: Allen Carlson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231140401

Category: Philosophy

Page: 188

View: 5949

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes. Nature and Landscape is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Allen Carlson begins by tracing the development of the field's historical background, and then surveys contemporary positions on the aesthetics of nature, such as scientific cognitivism, which holds that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary for a full appreciation of natural environments. Carlson next turns to environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that are posed by the appreciation of such landscapes. He examines how to aesthetically appreciate a variety of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.