Synopses & Reviews
The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.
About the Author
was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time
magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker
, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are
, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges
(1967), Coming into the Country
(1977), The Control of Nature
(1989), The Founding Fish
(2002), Uncommon Carriers
(2007), and Silk Parachute
(2011). Encounters with the Archdruid
(1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy
(1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World
. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.