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Yearning for the Land: A Search for Homeland in Scotland and Americaby John W. Simpson
Synopses & Reviews
An evocative, detailed, and powerful analysis of the landscape values underlying both the North American immigrant experience and contemporary environmental values.
--John Stilgoe, author of Outside Lies Magic
A fresh and unusual book--part biography of John Muir, part personal travels, part meditation on what it means to belong to a place. Exceptionally readable and thought-provoking.
--Donald Worster, author of The Wealth of Nature
Place, as John Simpson knows well, is a multifacted composite of history, natural environment, and personal experience. A sense and valuation of place may hold the secret to living lovingly and sustainably on this endangered planet.
--Roderick Frazier Nash, author of Wilderness and the American Mind
An eloquent and evocative insight into the power of landscape and place in the human experience. Simpson skillfully links the story of people and the land in Scotland and the U.S.A. by following the journey of John Muir, the father of the modern conservation movement, from the Old World to the New. A fascinating read.
--T. M. Devine, author of A Scottish Nation
We are not doomed to live in abject spiritual disconnection from our American landscape. Simpson's lyrical book is a signpost on the road back to a national life based on places that are worth caring about.
--James Howard Kunstler, author of Home from Nowhere
From the Hardcover edition.
Following the odyssey of the great nineteenth-century naturalist and conservationist John Muir from his Scottish homeland to Wisconsin, the author of Visions of Paradise addresses the questions of what landscape means and assesses the meaning and significance of place in varying societies. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
John Muir's childhood immigration to the U.S. and coming of age on his father's Wisconsin farm provide a spare glue for Simpson's investigation of what land means to us now. Drawn by a sense that he is missing a critical link to where he lives, he reverses Muir's journey, visiting first the marsh that gave the 19th-century conservationist...
About the Author
John Warfield Simpson is a graduate of Ohio State University, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and Duke University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Since 1983 he has taught at Ohio State, where he is currently Professor of Landscape Architecture and Natural Resources. In 2001 he was Visiting Research Scholar at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the author of Visions of Paradise: Glimpses of Our Landscape’s Legacy and of many articles. He lives with his wife and children in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Table of Contents
Prelude — Loomings — The new world — The old world — Epilogue.
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