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John Muir: Rediscovering America

by Frederick Turner


John Muir:  Rediscovering America Book Cover

( from the book's dust jacket )


John Muir: Rediscovering America
by Frederick Turner

A Merloyd Lawrence Book, 2000, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge Massachusetts
originally published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc.
as Rediscovering America: John Muir in His Time and Ours


"An imaginative, beautifully written biography." - The New York Times

"From a young vagabond to the crony of presidentsa biography as shapely as its subjects life and death." - The Washington Post

In this stirring saga, Frederick Turner, the distinguished writer and cultural historian, captures the legendary scale of John Muir's extraordinary life. Immigrant, inventor, botanist, and one of the founders of the conservation movement (and the Sierra Club), Muir truly led those of his timeand now oursto rediscover the natural beauty of this land. From his harsh childhood in Scotland and on an unforgiving Wisconsin pioneer farm, to rugged, solitary explorations all over the country, especially in the Sierra, to his passionate battle, in person and in his writings, to save and celebrate our wilderness, Muir was a heroic figure. Turner's biography is every bit as monumental and inspiring as his subject.

"Splendid and passionately written a tour de force." - Library Journal

"presented in a prose so brightly graceful that the very reading of it is a literary experience of rare magnitudenever likely to be surpassed." - Wilderness


Frederick Turner is the author of Spirit of Place: The Making of an American Literary Landscape, Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness and many other much admired books on American literature and landscape.

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