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eBook John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America) download ISBN: 1883011248
Author: John Muir
Publisher: Library of America (April 22, 1997)
Language: English
Pages: 928
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Category: Biography
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I have read most if not all of his published writings. If I could only keep one Muir book in my library, this would be it. Finally, there is a massive 2-volume Omnibus containing virtually everything that Muir wrote and more, but it appears to be Out of Print: I. "John Muir - The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books" (ca. 1000 pages) and II. "John Muir - His Life and Letters and Other Writings" (ca. 900 pages) If you want the whole shebang, get used copies of these two volumes.

Nature Writings book. I love John Muir's breathtaking experiences of the Divine in Nature

Nature Writings book. The Library of America’s Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913) is Muir’s memoir of growing up by the sea in Scotland, of coming to America with his family at age eleven, and of his early fascination with the natural world. I love John Muir's breathtaking experiences of the Divine in Nature. He discovered that, "going out was really going i. (rough paraphrase).

John Muir was one of the founders of the early 20th century conservation movement and godfather to. .His journey led him to the Sierra Mountains, chronicled in "My First Summer in the Sierra.

John Muir was one of the founders of the early 20th century conservation movement and godfather to today's environmentalism. This collection of three books and shorter works demonstrates the reason. Now working as a shepherd, Muir drove his flock through Yosemite while making detailed nature studies. Marveling at the natural beauty of the land he would eventually champion as one of the first National Parks, Muir wrote: "We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.

The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summ In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's.

The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summ In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness

Discover John Muir famous and rare quotes. Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, the Mountains of California, Stickeen, Selected Essays".

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Stickeen (1909), Muir’s most popular book, is the affectionate story of his adventure with a dog in Alaska. Rounding out the volume is a rich sele.

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The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summer in the Sierra (1911), The Mountains of California (1894) and Stickeen (1909)

The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summer in the Sierra (1911), The Mountains of California (1894) and Stickeen (1909).

In addition, Muir paints is life descriptions with a verbiage that is 19th century Scots poetry. mms, January 7, 2007.

This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. John Muir: Nature Writings (LOA : The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickeen, essays. In addition, Muir paints is life descriptions with a verbiage that is 19th century Scots poetry.

In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a far-seeing prophet of environmental awareness who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West. The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summer in the Sierra (1911), The Mountains of California (1894) and Stickeen (1909). Rounding out the volume is a rich selection of essays—including "Yosemite Glaciers," "God's First Temples," "Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta," "The American Forests," and the late appeal "Save the Redwoods"—highlighting various aspects of his career: his exploration of the Grand Canyon and of what became Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks, his successful crusades to preserve the wilderness, his early walking tour to Florida, and the Alaska journey of 1879.LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Comments: (7)
Der Bat
The writings in this book provide a foundation of appreciation for all encompassing "nature". This book can be judged by title... John Muir is genius, and a poet! His depth of knowledge (engineering, botany) is evident throughout, and his passion to study everything natural is unsurpassed. He was beyond todays definition of "motivated." His book inspired me to backpack the JMT. Between this book, and hiking "his" trail, I owe my broader spiritual sense to him.
Asyasya
John Muir is one of my favorite authors and favorite people. I have read most if not all of his published writings. Everything he wrote is available free on line and in many individual volumes, compilations, and anthologies. Before going into details, I will give you my punchline: If I could only keep one Muir book in my library, this Library of America volume would be it. That is why I am posting my Muir review here.
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For someone new to Muir it is hard to know where to start, but the good news is that you can't go wrong - it is all good! For newcomers it is useful to distinguish between books that Muir wrote by his own hand, books under his name that were prepared and published posthumously by others from his journals, and biographies written by others.

In the first category are:
"The Mountains of California" (1894)
"Our National Parks" (1901)
"Stickeen" (1909)
"My First Summer in the Sierra" (1911)
"The Yosemite" (1912)
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" (1913)
"Travels in Alaska" (Muir died before this manuscript was completed. It was finished by an assistant and published in 1915, one year after his death.)

In the second category are three books prepared for publication by Muir's friend William Frederic Bade:
"A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf" (1916)
"The Cruise of the Corwin" (1917)
"Steep Trails" (1918)

Of the many biographies, here are three that I have read:
"Son of the Wilderness," by Linnie Marsh Wolfe (1930)
(See also "John of the Mountains - The Unpublished Journals of John Muir," by same author)
"The Life and Letters of John Muir," by William Frederic Bade (1924)
"A Passion for Nature - The Life of John Muir," by Donald Worster (2008)
All of these biographies are good, and contain samples of Muir's writings, but I much prefer Muir's own books.

Of the many collections and anthologies I mention three that I own:
"The Wilderness World of John Muir," Edwin Way Teale (1954) This contains no complete works but is a nice anthology. If I remember correctly, this was my first taste of Muir's writings.
"John Muir - Nature Writings," The Library of America, selections and notes by William Cronon (1997) This contains complete text of "Story of My Boyhood and Youth," "My First Summer in the Sierra," "The Mountains of California," "Stickeen," plus a nice assortment of essays. Like all Library of America volumes, this one is lovingly prepared and of high production quality. If I could only keep one Muir book in my library, this would be it.
Finally, there is a massive 2-volume Omnibus containing virtually everything that Muir wrote and more, but it appears to be Out of Print:
I. "John Muir - The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books" (ca. 1000 pages)
and
II. "John Muir - His Life and Letters and Other Writings" (ca. 900 pages)
If you want the whole shebang, get used copies of these two volumes. The production quality is not nearly as good as the Library of America volume. I found many typos and even entire pages that are out of sequence. But everything is here.
A nice bonus is that II includes not only Bade's biography ("Life and Letters"), but also "Alaska Days with John Muir" by Samuel Hall Young who was Muir's companion on some of his Alaska adventures. Young is also a gifted writer. If you like Muir, you will definitely enjoy "Alaska days."

Enjoy!
Silver Globol
As far as I am concerned this is the best of all of Muir's writings. This book caused me along with family members to make a "pilgrimage" to John Muir's birthplace in lovely Dunbar, Scotland. Dunbar is situated on the east coast of Scotland south of the Firth of Fourth and about an hour's drive south of Edinburgh. Muir's birth-place is a rather narrow building of three stories in the middle of this quaint small town or village. The museum docents are charming folks and were astonished to learn that I knew more about Muir and his writings than they did. Besides Muir's history in Dunbar, the ancient castle allegedly was Mary's favorite. Most people don't know this but almost immediately after the British Parliament had her beheaded they sent military troops to Dunbar to blow up the castle. They made a terrible mess of their job and a lot of the badly damaged structure remains. According to John Muir himself that is where he learned to climb mountains and cliffs! .
Malaris
I've only read "My First Summer in the Sierra," and attest to Muir's enchanting style and lucidity. He writes as an enthusiast, but gives his stories a plain-spoken clarity that can be enjoyed by all.

Muir must have been quite an individual - after working as a shepherd for a few months, he talks of getting time off from his employer, "tying some bread to his belt, and walking to Mammoth" from the Merced area of the western foothills of the Sierras. Yep, a nice casual stroll. Or climbing and looking down into the ice cone on Yosemite Falls. Why not? It's there every winter...

I hope Library of America will put out another volume so they can make "The Yosemite" available to all. In it, Muir describes the three native Californian "Yosemite" (Tuolumne, Sequoia, and Kings) almost as a tour guide. This book is a glaring omission from the LoA volume, and gives great insight into the mind of the premier conservationist of the early 1900s.

As always, LoA delivers a quality volume at a good price.
ndup
I bought a couple of these books to share with friends I backpack in the Sierras with. This is an excellent collection of the writings of John Muir. If you price the individual pieces, you will see the value of this one volume. If you are a hiker or a naturalist of any degree, you will have an appreciation for the experience of John Muir in his wanderings through unspoiled territory. This book does not come in a dust jacket as one of the images shows, but it does come with a sturdy binding that could stand up to a day in the hills or at the shore spent in thoughtful reading.
Cae
With the recent focus on our national parks, it seemed valuable to revisit Muir's own writings. His enthusiasm for even the smallest encounters with the natural world remind us that we need not explore to conquer or as an "extreme sport", but are better served to allow the experiences to unfold.
His is a keen, yet quiet, approach to true adventure in living in our world and on our planet.
No need to feel obligated to read his writings as one might a novel. It is equally satisfying to take sips and enjoy the moments.
Anasius
I absolutely loved reading this, particularly his childhood. Puts in perspective our live with how enthusiastic he was despite what we today would called extreme or even abusive upbringing. They just got to work and enjoyed what they had.

Muir's love of nature really comes through in all the details he noticed and wrote about. Highly recommended.