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The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist

Compiled by Anne Rowthorn

(A Publisher's Press Release is also available).

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( from the book's dust jacket ) The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist, Compiled by Anne Rowthorn (Birmingham, AL: Wilderness Press, 2012). 213 pages; Includes: Forward by Bill McKibben, Introduction, 12 chapters, Appendices: Notes, Chronology of John Muir's Life and Work, Selected Resources, Index. Paperback or ebook. ISBN-10: 978-0-89997-694-5


"Anne Rowthorn's moving, uplifting narrative removes despair and engenders a Muir-like enthusiasm for life and action...."
- Dr. Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth

"Here si a book that sings - giving us Muir's melodies within the larger symphony of his life. The result is brilliant and inspiring!"
- Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University

The Wisdom of John Muir is a compilation of more than 100 of Muir's most evocative writings drawn from his diaries, journals, essays, and books. As you read the stirring words of this iconic naturalist, you'll feel the wildness of nature calling to you, through Muir's writings, you'll experience the solace and beauty of a sugar pine forest, the adventure of one harrowing night spent on a glacier, and the wonder of the pristine Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains before thy were tainted by human intervention.

For Muir, to be outdoors was to be home, where discovery and adventure awaited around each bend in the trail, and the creatures of the mountains, streams, and sky were his brethren. It is no wonder then that John Muir became nature's most powerful proponent, prompting President Theodore Roosevelt to create our national parks. Muir also founded the Sierra Club, an organization tat has continued to this day to be a fierce advocate for conservation.

Americans have John Muir to thank for one of our greatest treasures, our national parks. In the Wisdom of John Muir, you will get to know the man behind the legend.

 


About the Author


Anne Rowthorn has written and compiled 11 books on diverse topics, but ecological spirituality has become her specialty. Rowthorn is a life-long passionate environmentalist. She has taken her pen and notebook all over the USA, and to Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and Europe. Wherever she goes, following John Muir’s example, she seeks out the wildest hiking trails, mountains, and coastlines. Along the way she collects evocative ecological literature from the great cultures and religions of the world. She and her husband, the hymn writer Jeffery Rowthorn, live in rural eastern Connecticut.

Cover Photo: John Muir at Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California - John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library © 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust.

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