John Muir: Apostle of Nature by Thurman Wilkins

By Thurman Wilkins

Approximately a century after John Muir’s dying, his works stay in print, his identify is accepted, and his idea is far with us. How Muir’s existence made him a pacesetter and taken him insights destined to resonate for many years is the crucial query underlying this biography by way of Thurman Wilkins.Profoundly hooked up to dramatic wild areas and vegetation, and to the Sierra and the redwoods particularly, Muir spearheaded efforts to guard wooded area components and feature a few specific as nationwide parks. Muir’s barren region ethic, as published in his books, letters, and journals, rests on his notion of the correct courting among human tradition and wild nature as certainly one of humility and recognize for all lifestyles.

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Forest Service 194 18. John and Louie Muir, with Wanda and Helen, grown up 213 Page x 19. President Theodore Roosevelt and Muir in Yosemite, 1903 216 20. John Muir in 1908 229 21. John Muir in 1912 239 22. Hetch Hetchy Valley 241 23. John Muir's house near Martinez, as it looks today 251 MAPS 1. Route of John Muir's thousand-mile walk to the Gulf in 1867 49 2. Yosemite Valley in 1872 88 3. Map of Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks 120 Page xi Series Editor's Preface In this thoroughly researched and sprightly written biography, Thurman Wilkins shows why John Muir remains a major figure in American intellectual and environmental history.

Knopf, I am also grateful for reading the entire manuscript and making important suggestions, while the latest person to read the whole manuscript was Lucy Lippard, prolific author, who gave me valuable advice. Next I must thank Caroline Lawson Hinkley for her faithful aid with my researches and for her lending her photographic expertise to the making of several photos for illustrating the volume. S. Geological Survey, have helped me with what seemed to me thorny geological problems, reading parts of the manuscript more times than once when necessary.

One scootcher involved the former laboratory of Dr. Charles Wightman, who had owned the Muirs' house, but who had died soon after Daniel bought it. The doctor had left an assortment of retorts and beakers in an upstairs room, the windows of which the Muirs had boarded up because of the excessive Scottish window tax. No one went into the room because of the darkness there. Besides, the Muirs' housemaids claimed that Dr. Wight-man's ghost haunted it, a fact that made it a favorite "scootcher-ing" place for Johnnie and his younger brother Davie.

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