John Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures
Edited by Sally M. Miller and Daryl Morrison
from the book's dust jacket
John Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures
Edited by Sally M. Miller
and Daryl Morrison
(Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2005)
Since 1980 California's University of
the Pacific has hosted the John Muir Institute dedicated to promoting the
legacy of the famed environmentalist. These essays are papers presented
at the John Muir Center's institute in 2001.
Ruth Sutter explores the friendship between John Muir and his neighbor,
John Swett, the innovative California educator. Daryl Morrison considers
the role Muir played in the lives of children and they in his. Ronald Limbaugh
provides two essays: one describes the dispute about the publication of
some of Muir's most personal correspondence, while the other presents the
friendship of Muir and landscape painter William Keith.
Ronald Eber focuses on Muir as the national spokesman for American wilderness
and forests. Char Miller highlights the interplay between John Muir and
Gifford Pinchot in America's nineteenth-century environmental movement.
Daniel Philippon examines how Muir's later domestic life changed his rhetoric
and how he promoted the preservation of wilderness. Barbara Mossberg presents
an overview of Muir's vision of the value of wilderness necessary for America's
physical, spiritual, economic, and cultural survival.
James Perrin Warren describes how a shared experience on the Alaska Expedition
could bring naturalists Muir and John Burroughs closer in their approach.
Bonnie Johanna Gisel provides an account of an 1873 trip through the Tuolumne
Canyon by John Muir and his friend and mentor, Jeanne C. Carr. Corey Lewis
studies Muir's methodology to understand and experience his fieldwork approach.
Michael Branch focuses on Muir's final journey to explore South America
and Africa. Each of these essays will bring new ideas for future study
of John Muir.
"Muir's orientation toward plants and trees, what we might call his plant-mindedness,
suffused all he observed and experienced, as nature and wilderness revealed
to him the interconnectedness of all life, woven in a carpet of transfused
cells that glorified each other and in so doing manifest the work of God.
"Let us then examine Muir through a lens ground here at the beginning
of his journey in the Calypso borealis and, at the terminus, in
the beauty of the Araucaria imbricata, to which he instinctively
gravitated high on the western slope of the Andes. We will explore the
intervening years during which Muir experienced his path-filled pathless
journey. Muir, as did his mentor and lifelong friend Jeanne Carr, would
germinate friendships like wildflowers and would grow his family, whom
he carried in his heart wherever he went. Through this lens of friends
and family let us examine Muir as he wandered, cultivating awareness of
wilderness and the preservation of wild, healthful, and scenic places as
he grafted new plants, people, and places onto his person."
- from the Introduction by Bonnie Johanna Gisel
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Meeting John Muir's Family, Friends, and Adventures
Between the Calypso borealis and the Araucaria imbricata
by Bonnie Johanna Gisel
PART I: Family and Friends
Chapter 1: John Muir and the John Swett Family by Ruth E. Sutter
Chapter 2: John Muir and the Bairns: Muir and His Relationship with Children
by Daryl Morrison
Chapter 3: California's Kindred Spirits: John Muir and William Keith by Ronald
Part II: Controversies
Chapter 4: Pride, Prejudice, and Patrimony: The Dispute Between George Wharton
James and the Family and Friends of John Muir by Ronald H. Limbaugh
Chapter 5: "Wealth and Beauty: John Muir and Forest Conservation by Ronald Eber
Chapter 6: With Friends Like these: John Muir,Gifford Pinchot,and the Drama of
Environmental Politics by Char Miller
Part III: Literary Aspects
Chapter 7: Domesticity, Tourism, and the National Parks in John Muir's Late Writings
by Daniel J. Philippon
Chapter 8: If Trees are Us: A Relativity Theory Showing the Genius of John Muir's
Domestic Vision of Nature for Public Policy and the National Ethos by Barbara
Part IV: Adventures
Chapter 9: Near and Far: Burroughs and Muir on the Harriman Alaska Expedition
by James Perrin Warren
Chapter 10: "Those Who Walk Apart but Ever Together Are True Companions" Jeanne
Carr and John Muir in the High Sierra by Bonnie Johanna Gisel
Chapter 11: Meeting Muir's Mountains by Corey Lewis
Chapter 12: John Muir's Travels to South America and Africa by Michael P.
SALLY M. MILLER is the former managing editor for publications at the John Muir
Center for Regional Studies and professor emerita of history, University of
the Pacific, Stockton, California
DARYL MORRISON is head of special collections at the General Library at the
University of California, Davis.
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