The Wilderness World of John Muir

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  • Copyright: 2001-08-20
  • Publisher: Houghton Miff

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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 Reviews).

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Memories of Youth
Boyhood in Scotlandp. 3
The New Worldp. 27
A Paradise of Birdsp. 35
The Wellp. 48
Knowledge and Inventionsp. 51
The World and the Universityp. 60
University of the Wilderness
Start of the 1000-Mile Walkp. 75
People by the Wayp. 77
A Tennessee Memoryp. 86
Camping Among the Tombsp. 87
The Cuban Shorep. 95
New Yorkp. 96
The Range of Light
First Glimpse of the Sierrap. 99
Bee Pasturesp. 102
Start for the High Sierrap. 106
Billy the Shepherdp. 110
The Amorous Dogp. 111
The Mossy Boulderp. 113
Leaf Shadowsp. 115
The Indianp. 116
Bread Faminep. 119
On the Brink of Yosemite Fallsp. 124
The Bear, the Fly and the Grasshopperp. 129
Professor Butlerp. 134
The Valley
The Grandeur of Yosemite Fallsp. 143
Illilouette Fallsp. 145
The Water Ouzelp. 147
Emerson at Yosemitep. 162
The Earthquakep. 166
Snow-Bannersp. 170
Tracks in the Sandp. 175
Forests of the West
Wind-Storm in the Forestp. 181
The Dwarf Pinep. 191
Song of the Silver Pinep. 193
The Douglas Squirrelp. 195
Sequoiap. 207
Nevada Nut Pinesp. 226
Any Fool Can Destroy a Treep. 231
Glacier Pioneer
Discovery of the Sierra Glaciersp. 235
Shadow Lakep. 241
A Fall in the Mountainsp. 244
Mount Ritterp. 246
A Perilous Night on Mount Shastap. 251
Discovery of Glacier Bayp. 266
Glaciers by Starlightp. 272
Fire in the Rainp. 274
Stickeenp. 277
Villages of the Deadp. 297
Slaughter of the Walrusesp. 301
Alaskan Aurorasp. 303
The Philosophy of John Muirp. 311
Indexp. 325
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