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The Wilderness World of John Muir

with an Introduction and Interpretive comments

by Edwin Way Teale


The Wilderness World of John Muir edited by Edwin Way Teale, Mariner Books Edition

( from the paperback's back cover - Mariner/ Houghton Mifflin 2001 edition )

The Wilderness World of John Muir
(with an Introduction and Interpretive comments)

by Edwin Way Teale

2001, reprint of original 1954 edition.
Mariner Books; 1st Mariner Books edition/Houghton Mifflin



"The essential selection of writings by the "most celebrated celebrator of nature in America." - Commentary

John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history.

During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag. In 1903, while on a three-day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is given major credit for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona's Petrified Forest. Muir's writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of an America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago. Edwin Way Teale has collected here the best of Muir's writing, selected from all of his major works, including My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska. The Wilderness World of John Muir provides "reading that is often magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring" (Kirkus review)

The founder of the Sierra Club and its president until his death, as well as the discoverer of Glacier Bay and the largest of Alaska's tidal glaciers, Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump over the back fence." As the world confronts the deterioration of hte natural environment and an ever-quickening pace of life, the attraction of Muir's writings has never been greater.


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