Travels in Alaska

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Modern Library, Jan 6, 2002 - History - 247 pages
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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 inTravels 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, prompting us to understand that heaven is on earth—is the Earth—and rapture is the sensible response wherever a clear line of sight remains.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes photographs from the original 1915 edition.

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What makes this memoir so great is Muir's prose. - Goodreads
... just fantastic writing and a joy to read. - Goodreads
It's all description and no plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

Very readable first person account of travel in Alaska 1879-1890, including comprehensive exploration of Glacier Bay. Muir's ability to endure the hardships of the environment, to the point of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caitlin - Goodreads

Travels in Alaska - It was a bit difficult to read due to the fact that he is so good at describing the places he went that I was to fall asleep; I was happy & at peace reading such beautiful ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Edward Hoagland is the author of Notes from the Century Before (a Modern Library paperback) and nearly twenty other books on nature and exploration. He lives in Bennington, Vermont.

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