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John Muir

Full Name: John Muir
Gender: Male
Hometown: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Born: 1838-04-21
Died: 1914-12-24
Number of Works: 155
John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. One of the most well-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. Other places named in his honor are Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier.

In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park Bill that was passed in 1899, establishing both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Because of the spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings, he was able to inspire readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the "Father of the National Parks," and the National Parks Service produced a short documentary on his life.

Muir's biographer, Steven Holmes, states that Muir has become "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," both political and recreational. As a result, his writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted in books by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams. Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, and religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name "almost ubiquitous" in the modern environmental consciousness. According to author William Anderson, Muir exemplified "the archetype of our oneness with the earth."
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ISBN: 0486437353, 9780486437354
Keywords: books, americana, dover, sierra, summer, first
Pages: 160
Published: 1911
  • Rating: 80%

The famous conservationist's lyrical, exuberant observations of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sierra Nevada. Introduction by Gretel Ehrlich. Penguin Nature Library.
ISBN: 1883011248, 9781883011246
Keywords: sierra, summer, mountains, california, essays, stickeen, first, youth, nature, muir, writings, story, boyhood, john
Pages: 928
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%

In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir made himself 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 visionary prophet of environmental awareness, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West. 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 account of growing up by the sea in
ISBN: 0618127518, 9780618127511
Keywords: muir, john, world, wilderness
Pages: 352
Published: 1954
  • Rating: 80%

Muir's writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of America only 100 years ago, still wild and unsettled. Edwin Way Teale has preserved the best of Muir's work in selections that show both the age and the man.
ISBN: 087156663X, 9780871566638
Keywords: california, mountains
Pages: 304
Published: 1894
  • Rating: 80%

Joining the successful John Muir Library Series, this is an elegant new edition of Muir's enduring celebration of the Sierra Nevada mountains he dedicated his life to saving - a classic work that becomes a model for three generations of nature writers. Muir's ebullient spirit and love of nature infuse these accounts of visiting Yosemite Valley, Kings Canyon, sequoia groves, and Mount Whitney. Also included are visits to two famous Cascades peaks, Mount Shasta and Mount St. Helens.Blending keen observations of flora, geography, and geology, the natural forces that shape the landscape, and the c
ISBN: 0395901472, 9780395901472
Keywords: gulf, walk, thousand
Pages: 272
Published: 1916
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1883220785, 9781883220785
Keywords: little, brave, muir, john, stickeen
Pages: 32
Published: 1909
  • Rating: 80%

John Muir's favorite story of "the most memorable of all my wild days"-his classic adventure on an Alaskan glacier with the dog Stickeen-is now retold in modern language with stunning illustrations for another generation of children to enjoy. This is a compelling story of the developing relationship between Muir and an aloof, unfriendly little dog, Stickeen. After becoming stranded on the glacier, they reach safety with the help of a courageous trip over an ice bridge. Stickeen's aloofness is then replaced by rapturous emotion and his unfriendliness towards Muir turns to adoration.Au
ISBN: 0781201543, 9780781201544
Keywords: alaska, travels
Pages: 344
Published: 1915
  • Rating: 80%

In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half-poet and half-geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in 1914. As Edward Hoagland writes in his Introduction, “A century and a quarter later, we are reading [Muir’s] account because there in the glorious fiords . . . he is at our elbow, nudging us along, promptin
ISBN: 1426421451, 9781426421457
Keywords: yosemite
Pages: 174
Published: 1912
  • Rating: 80%