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John Muir to Yosemite and Beyond: Writings from the Years 1863 to 1875

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When John Muir died in 1914, the pre-eminent American naturalist, explorer, and conservationist had not yet written the second volume of his autobiography, in which he planned to cover his Yosemite years. Editors Robert Engberg and Donald Wesling have here provided a remedy.

Their account begins in 1863, the year Muir left the University of Wisconsin for what he termed the "University of the Wilderness." Following an accident in 1867 that nearly left him blind, he vowed to turn from machines and continue to study nature. That led, in 1868, to his first visit to Yosemite Valley, where he began his glacier studies. Muir spent much time exploring the Yosemite region, Tuolumne, and both the southern and northern Sierras, publishing articles, and keeping extensive journals through 1875, when he began to write for the San Francisco Bulletin and expanded his travels to areas throughout the west.

Mining a rich vein of sources—Muir’s letters, journals, articles, and unpublished manuscripts, as well as selections drawn from biographical pieces written about Muir by people who met him in Yosemite in the early 1870s—Engberg and Wesling have assembled what they term a "composite autobiography," providing brief interpretive and transitional passages throughout the book. This work is especially valuable because it documents Muir’s formative years, when he is maturing away from "conventional cultural paradigms of work and materialism toward new ways of thinking about nature and its impact on human development."

 

Book News Annotation:

Reprint of the "composite biography" (1980). Derived from his letters, journals, articles and writings by others, this work attempts to present v.2 of Muir's autobiography covering the Yosemite years.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"A composite autobiography" culled from Muir's letters, journals, articles, and unpublished manuscripts, as well as selections drawn from biographical pieces written about Muir by people who knew him in the early 1870s.

About the Author

Robert Engberg is a teacher at Mission Bay High School in San Diego.

Donald Wesling is professor of English at the University of California, San Diego.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874805802
Editor:
Engberg, Robert
Editor:
Wesling, Donald
Editor:
Engberg, Robert
Editor:
Wesling, Donald
Author:
Engberg, Robert
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Location:
Salt Lake City :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Naturalists/Gardeners
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
Muir, John
Subject:
Biography-Gardeners and Naturalists
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 illus.
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

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