Richard F. Fleck
- American literature professor. Positions in his 40-year career included the University of Wyoming; Visiting Professor at Osaka University and Kobe College, Japan; Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Cortland; Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Community College of Denver. Currently Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver and at the University of Northern Colorado and graduate advisor for Prescott College, Arizona.
- As an undergraduate student, Fleck visited a Princeton University Library Book Sale. He purchased for $10 the ten volume set of the manuscript edition 1916-1923 of the writings of John Muir. He says, "Once I started to read, I became hooked."
- John Muir inspired Fleck to write about the Rocky Mountains in various essays. He is now collecting these essays into a volume Breaking Through The Clouds: An Alpine Chronicle. Muir inspired Fleck also to help on the Save the Walden Woods project headed by Don Henley, and he now serves on the Advisory Committee of Restore Hetch Hetchy.
Fleck says what he most appreciates about John Muir is "his unabashed enthusiasm for all that is wild."
- Fleck also edited selections of Henry D. Thoreau's "Indian Notebooks" in his book The Indians of Thoreau (1974), scholarly study oentitled Critical Perspectives on Native American Fiction (1993, 1997), and of numerous paperback reprints of Thoreau including the first Japanese edition (in English with textual notes in Japanese) of Thoreau's The Maine Woods (1984) as well as the 1987 Harper and Row edition of The Maine Woods. He also wrote our small press volumes of nature poetry, two novels on Ireland (first published in 1979 and reprinted in 2000, with a second to come out in spring 2003).
- Dr. Fleck says that not only does he enjoy reading John Muir, but "My three children all enjoy reading John Muir as, I am sure, their children will also (when they're old enough)."
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