Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jun 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America's firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend. All readers who have admired Muir's ruggedly individualistic lifestyle, and those who wish a greater appreciation for the history of environmental preservation in America, will be enthralled and enlightened by this splendid biography.

The story follows Muir from his ancestral home in Scotland, through his early years in the harsh Wisconsin wilderness, to his history-making pilgrimage to California.

This book, originally published in 1945 and based in large part on Wolfe's personal interviews with people who knew and worked with Muir, is one that could never be written again. It is, and will remain, the standard Muir biography.

  

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In my town in Wisconsin there was a middle school named John Muir I never knew who he was. I know I didn't learn about him in school. Then I saw an episode of Ken Burns series on National Parks and ... Read full review

Contents

18491860 A STERN HERITAGE
iii
18601863 SEEDTIME AND GROWTH
34
18641870 CALL OF THE WILDERNESS
67
18711875 SURRENDER AND DEDICATION
117
18751887 NEW GOALS
164
19011914 FRUITION AND STRUGGLE
264
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Linnie Marsh Wolfe (18811945) worked as both a teacher and a public librarian in California. She also edited John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir.

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